I told the audience about my own battle with anorexia, which began when I was 19.
For a period of roughly three years, between the ages of 18 and 21, I suffered from a relatively serious case of anorexia.
Pigs, for example, sometimes develop their own version of anorexia.
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.
anorexia an·o·rex·i·a (ān'ə-rěk'sē-ə)
Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
A short name for anorexia nervosa.