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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Recent Examples on the Web Last year, Johns Hopkins University opened the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research with plans to study the effects of psychedelics on ailments including anorexia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ashraf Khalil, USA TODAY, "Proposed ballot initiative would decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms, other psychedelics in DC," 14 July 2020 A few weeks later Towne sought help from a therapist, who diagnosed her with anorexia and referred her to the Mosaic clinic for medical supervision during her recovery. Virginia Sole-smith, Scientific American, "What if Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss?," 16 June 2020 Metz also ran bloodwork, which revealed high cholesterol and estrogen that had dropped to menopausal levels, both of which are common side effects of anorexia. Virginia Sole-smith, Scientific American, "What if Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss?," 16 June 2020 Eating disorders, for instance, thrive in isolation; anorexia in particular can be downplayed or dismissed as an effort to conserve personal food supplies. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Isolation Is Changing How You Look," 25 Mar. 2020 One exception is health information, which has been comparatively well-surveyed, with dozens of studies that examine the quality and accuracy of YouTube videos across topics such as anorexia, heart attacks, and smoking. Dan Garisto/undark, Popular Science, "YouTube science videos are riddled with scams, plagiarism, and misinformation," 9 Mar. 2020 Lori Zeltser pivoted to anorexia from studying obesity. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Rethinking anorexia: Biology may be more important than culture, new studies reveal," 9 Apr. 2020 However, people with severe malnutrition due to anorexia — or with serious health issues due to binge-eating disorder — may require hospitalization or admission into a specialized eating disorder program. Mayo Clinic News Network,, "Eating disorders can affect people of all ages," 18 Oct. 2019 The truth is that low-weight anorexia represents the smallest percentage of eating disorders. NBC News, "Stereotypes around eating disorders keep people from seeking the treatment they need," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of anorexia was in 1598

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20 Jul 2020

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“Anorexia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce anorexia (audio) \

Medical Definition of anorexia

1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged

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