an·​orex·​ia | \ˌa-nə-ˈrek-sē-ə, -ˈrek-shə\

Definition of anorexia 

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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There were correlations between the genetic risk for ADHD and a range of other conditions, including depression and anorexia. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD," 27 Nov. 2018 In fact, insulin restriction can be a component of any type of eating disorder, including anorexia and binge-eating disorder. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "It’s a dangerous eating disorder that affects people with diabetes. So why haven’t you heard of it?," 20 Aug. 2018 This is why cold intolerance can be one of many symptoms of an eating disorder that can cause weight loss, like anorexia or bulimia, Dr. Vyas explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018 Despite efforts throughout the fashion industry to address the problem, eating disorders such as anorexia remain pervasive. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 But as the Kardashians’ critics point out, the glorification of Kim’s skinniness and the joking about anorexia are dangerous viewpoints to share in front of the young people who idolize the sisters. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kardashian’s sisters said she looked anorexic. She took it as a compliment.," 3 Aug. 2018 Anxiety disorders like anorexia and post-traumatic stress, as well as substance abuse, are behaviors that may signal suicide risk. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "How can you recognize and prevent suicide?," 17 June 2018 According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 percent of Americans suffer from anorexia, a sometimes deadly psychiatric illness. Juli Fraga,, "People with eating disorders use apps to navigate supermarket aisles," 21 May 2018 This is important, even radical, not just because of the eating disorder that overtook me from ages 11 to 21; the cocktail of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, over-exercising, diet pill abuse, and more. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "How I Came to Love My Body—a Decade After My Eating Disorder," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of anorexia

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anorexia

New Latin, from Greek, from a- + orexis appetite, from oregein

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English Language Learners Definition of anorexia

: a serious physical and emotional illness in which an abnormal fear of being fat leads to very poor eating habits and dangerous weight loss


an·​orex·​ia | \ˌan-ə-ˈrek-sē-ə, -ˈrek-shə \

Medical Definition of anorexia 

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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