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anorexia nervosa

anorexia nervosa

noun anorexia ner·vo·sa \-(ˌ)nər-ˈvō-sə, -zə\

Definition of ANOREXIA NERVOSA

:  a serious disorder in eating behavior primarily of young women in their teens and early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss

Origin of ANOREXIA NERVOSA

New Latin, nervous anorexia
First Known Use: 1873

anorexia nervosa

noun anorexia ner·vo·sa \-(ˌ)nər-ˈvō-sə, -zə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANOREXIA NERVOSA

:  a serious eating disorder primarily of young women in their teens and early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss

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