anorexia nervosa


anorexia ner·vo·sa

noun \-(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 ner·vo·sa

noun \-(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

anorexia nervosa

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Eating disorder, mostly in young women, characterized by a failure to maintain body weight at a normal level because of an intense desire to be thin, a fear of gaining weight, or a disturbance in body image. Anorexia nervosa typically begins in late adolescence. In women a usual symptom is amenorrhea. A person with anorexia nervosa will often go to great lengths to resist eating in order to lose weight, and medical complications can be life-threatening. Treatment can include psychological and social therapy.

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