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orthorexia

[ awr-thuh-rek-see-uh ]
/ ˌɔr θə ˈrɛk si ə /
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noun
an obsession with eating foods that are considered healthy, especially when accompanied by an obsessive aversion to, or even fear of, foods that are considered unhealthy.
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Also or·tho·rex·i·a ner·vo·sa [awr-thuh-rek-see-uhnur-voh-suh] /ˌɔr θə ˈrɛk si ə nɜrˈvoʊ sə/ .

Origin of orthorexia

orth(o)- + -orexia; coined by Steven Bratman, U.S. physician, in 1997

OTHER WORDS FROM orthorexia

or·tho·rex·ic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orthorexia

orthorexia
/ (ˈɔːθəˌrɛksɪə) /

noun
a disorder characterized by a morbid obsession with eating healthy foods only

Word Origin for orthorexia

C21: from ortho- + (ano) rexia
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