anorectic

1 of 2

adjective

an·​o·​rec·​tic ˌa-nə-ˈrek-tik How to pronounce anorectic (audio)
variants or less commonly anoretic
1
a
: lacking appetite
2
: causing loss of appetite

anorectic

2 of 2

noun

variants or less commonly anoretic
1
: an anorectic agent
2

Examples of anorectic in a Sentence

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Noun
In 1988, at the age of 6, Rachel Aviv, a future staff writer at the New Yorker, became America’s youngest hospitalized anorectic. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Greek anorektos, from a- + oregein to reach after — more at right

First Known Use

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anorectic was in 1832

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“Anorectic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anorectic. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

anorectic

1 of 2 adjective
an·​o·​rec·​tic ˌan-ə-ˈrek-tik How to pronounce anorectic (audio)
variants also anoretic
1
a
: lacking appetite
2
: causing loss of appetite
anorectic drugs

anorectic

2 of 2 noun
variants also anoretic
1
: an anorectic agent
2

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