anorexia nervosa

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anorexia nervosa   (nûr-vō'sə)  Pronunciation Key 
An eating disorder characterized by a distorted body image, fear of becoming obese, persistent aversion to food, and severe weight loss and malnutrition. It most commonly affects teenage girls and young women, who often develop amenorrhea, osteoporosis and other abnormalities.
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