a person suffering from anorexia or especially anorexia nervosa.


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

Related Words for anorexic

malnourished, bulimic, emaciated, thin

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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

anorexic in Medicine




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