anorexia

noun
an·​orex·​ia | \ ˌa-nə-ˈrek-sē-ə How to pronounce anorexia (audio) , -ˈrek-shə\

Definition of anorexia

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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Over the next few years, Jennette dealt with both anorexia and bulimia, noting that she was never confronted by anyone in the entertainment industry about her disordered eating. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""iCarly" Actor Jennette McCurdy Writes Essay About Dealing With an Eating Disorder," 9 Mar. 2019 Natural selection could have eliminated anxiety, depression, addiction, anorexia and the genes that cause autism, schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘Good Reasons for Bad Feelings’ Review: Suffering’s Silver Lining," 13 Feb. 2019 My unrequited potential and growing resentment would be muzzled and shepherded into school events, charity work, Pilates, anorexia, and running, running, running. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 For women already in the throes of anorexia or bulimia, juice fasts provide a great cover. Courtney Rubin, Marie Claire, "Cleansing's Dirty Secret," 26 Apr. 2013 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

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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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anorexia

noun

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

anorexia

noun
an·​orex·​ia | \ ˌan-ə-ˈrek-sē-ə, -ˈrek-shə How to pronounce anorexia (audio) \

Medical Definition of anorexia

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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