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anorexia

[ an-uh-rek-see-uh ]
/ ˌæn əˈrɛk si ə /
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noun

loss of appetite and inability to eat.
Psychiatry. anorexia nervosa.

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Nearby words

anorak, anorchia, anorectal, anorectic, anoretic, anorexia, anorexia nervosa, anorexiant, anorexic, anorexigenic, anorgasmia

Origin of anorexia

1590–1600; < New Latin < Greek, equivalent to an- an-1 + órex(is) longing (oreg- reach after + -sis -sis) + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for anorexia

anorexia

/ (ˌænɒˈrɛksɪə) /

noun

loss of appetite
Also called: anorexia nervosa (nɜːˈvəʊsə) a disorder characterized by fear of becoming fat and refusal of food, leading to debility and even death
Derived Formsanorectic or anorexic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for anorexia

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from an- + orexis appetite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anorexia

anorexia


n.

1590s, "lack of appetite," Modern Latin, from Greek anorexia, from an-, privative prefix, "without" (see an- (1)) + orexis "appetite, desire," from oregein "to desire, stretch out" (cognate with Latin regere "to keep straight, guide, rule;" see regal). In current use, often short for anorexia nervosa.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anorexia

anorexia

[ ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə ]

n.

Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
Anorexia nervosa.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Science definitions for anorexia

anorexia

[ ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə ]

Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
Anorexia nervosa.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Culture definitions for anorexia

anorexia


A short name for anorexia nervosa.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.