anorexia

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

noun

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

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 Forms

anorectic or anorexic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for anorexia

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from an- + orexis appetite
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Medicine definitions for anorexia

anorexia

[ ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə ]

n.

Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
Anorexia nervosa.
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Science definitions for anorexia

anorexia

[ ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə ]

Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
Anorexia nervosa.
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Culture definitions for anorexia

anorexia


A short name for anorexia nervosa.

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