[ an-uh-rek-sik ]


  1. a person who has or experiences anorexia or especially anorexia nervosa.


  1. relating to, resembling, or affected by anorexia.
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Word History and Origins

Origin of anorexic1

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

Teens interested in losing weight, for instance, got ads for unhealthy tips on how to become anorexic.

Her mother began helping her restrict her calories and encouraged her to become anorexic at age 11 in an attempt to delay puberty and book more roles, McCurdy said.

Dangarembga rose to fame with her 1988 novel Nervous Conditions, which focused on a young girl and her anorexic cousin in 1960s Rhodesia.

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Her triumphant, indie debut was, in fact, not a particularly joyful moment, but packed with anxiety and trauma “and the closest I ever got to being anorexic.”

One thing that seems to prevent pigs from becoming anorexic is keeping them warm.

The photo is part of a growing number of pro-anorexic and “thinspirational” images on sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook.

Another high schooler tearfully confesses to being teased by her peers because they thought she was anorexic.

According to the doctor, the singer had difficulty eating and became intermittently anorexic.

Two months after anorexic model Isabelle Caro died, her mother committed suicide.