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obesity

[oh-bee-si-tee]
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noun
  1. the condition of being very fat or overweight; corpulence: His obesity puts him at risk for major health problems.
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Sometimes o·bese·ness.
Related formsan·ti·o·be·si·ty, adjective, noun, plural an·ti·o·be·si·ties.o·ver·o·be·si·ty, noun
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Related Words

overweight, fatness, bulk, plumpness, chubbiness, portliness

Examples from the Web for obesity

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Historical Examples

  • The victim of obesity has no sympathies with the martyr to atrophy; he may envy, he cannot pity him.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • A tendency to obesity often appears in generation after generation of a family.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • But bear in mind that obesity and stoutness are not synonymous terms.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • The Polynesian is more subject to obesity than the Melanesian.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • At the age of sixteen, suffered from all the discomforts of obesity.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori


Word Origin and History for obesity

n.

1610s, from French obésité and directly from Latin obesitas "fatness, corpulence," from obesus "that has eaten itself fat," past participle of obdere "to eat all over, devour," from ob "over" (see ob-) + edere "eat" (see edible).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

obesity in Medicine

obesity

(ō-bēsĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
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obesity in Science

obesity

[ō-bēsĭ-tē]
  1. The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
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