anorectic

adjective
an·​o·​rec·​tic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈrek-tik How to pronounce anorectic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anoretic \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈre-​tik How to pronounce anorectic (audio) \

Definition of anorectic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking appetite
2 : causing loss of appetite

anorectic

noun
variants: or less commonly anoretic

Definition of anorectic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an anorectic agent

First Known Use of anorectic

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anorectic

Adjective

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

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“Anorectic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anorectic. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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anorectic

adjective
an·​o·​rec·​tic | \ ˌan-ə-ˈrek-tik How to pronounce anorectic (audio) \
variants: also anoretic \ -​ˈret-​ik How to pronounce anorectic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anorectic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking appetite
2 : causing loss of appetite anorectic drugs

anorectic

noun
variants: also anoretic

Medical Definition of anorectic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an anorectic agent

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