[ an-uh-rek-sik ]
/ ˌæn əˈrɛk sɪk /


a person suffering from anorexia or especially anorexia nervosa.


Nearby words

  1. anorectic,
  2. anoretic,
  3. anorexia,
  4. anorexia nervosa,
  5. anorexiant,
  6. anorexigenic,
  7. anorgasmia,
  8. anorgasmy,
  9. anorthic,
  10. anorthite

Origin of anorexic

First recorded in 1960–65; anorex(ia) + -ic

Can be confusedanorectic anorexic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for anorexic



1876; see anorexia + -ic. The immediate source or model is perhaps French anorexique. As a noun meaning "person with anorexia nervosa" it is attested from 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anorexic


[ ăn′ə-rĕksĭk ]


Relating to or suffering from anorexia nervosa.
Related formsan′o•rexic n.

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