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anorexia

[an-uh-rek-see-uh] /ˌæn əˈrɛk si ə/
noun
1.
loss of appetite and inability to eat.
2.
Psychiatry. anorexia nervosa.
Origin of anorexia
1590-1600
1590-1600; < New Latin < Greek, equivalent to an- an-1 + órex(is) longing (oreg- reach after + -sis -sis) + -ia -ia
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anorexia

/ˌænɒˈrɛksɪə/
noun
1.
loss of appetite
2.
Also called anorexia nervosa (nɜːˈvəʊsə). a disorder characterized by fear of becoming fat and refusal of food, leading to debility and even death
Derived Forms
anorectic, anorexic, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek, from an- + orexis appetite
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Word Origin and History for anorexia
n.

1590s, "lack of appetite," Modern Latin, from Greek anorexia, from an-, privative prefix, "without" (see an- (1)) + orexis "appetite, desire," from oregein "to desire, stretch out" (cognate with Latin regere "to keep straight, guide, rule;" see regal). In current use, often short for anorexia nervosa.

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anorexia in Medicine

anorexia an·o·rex·i·a (ān'ə-rěk'sē-ə)
n.
Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.

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anorexia in Science
anorexia
  (ān'ə-rěk'sē-ə)   
  1. Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.

  2. Anorexia nervosa.


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anorexia in Culture

anorexia definition


A short name for anorexia nervosa.

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