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 Some plans cover treatment for anorexia but not bulimia, or vice versa, further complicating the financial picture for patients and their families., "How Eating Disorders Are Bankrupting Families," 20 Apr. 2021 A few years ago, Gilbert withdrew from a project with a Chinese team after learning that one of the researchers had previously carried out surgery on women with anorexia, resecting a part of their brains associated with pleasure. Christine Kenneally, The New Yorker, "Do Brain Implants Change Your Identity?," 19 Apr. 2021 While the behaviors are distinct, Griffiths points out that the personality traits which underpin anorexia and bulimia also underpin binge eating disorder. Sadhbh O'sullivan,, "Our Society Encourages Excess — Is That Why We Don’t Take Binge Eating Disorder Seriously?," 4 Mar. 2021 The big three are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Katharine McPhee feared an eating disorder 'relapse' in pregnancy. She's not alone.," 5 Mar. 2021 And, according to Goodpaster, clinical observations suggest that when orthorexia becomes extreme, the complications can be similar to those of anorexia. Colleen Murphy,, "The Different Types of Eating Disorders—What They Are and What You Need to Know About Them," 24 Feb. 2021 Lisa Rinna's younger daughter Amelia Gray Hamlin is grateful to have overcome anorexia — and hopes her story will help others feel less alone in their own struggles. Claudia Harmata,, "Lisa Rinna's Daughter Amelia Says High School Experience Led to Depression and Eating Disorder," 25 Aug. 2020 Other students may face more severe and long-lasting issues such as anxiety, depression, suicide ideation or attempts, cutting and anorexia, Burkholder said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How can schools bridge gaps from a year of distance learning?," 22 Feb. 2021 Faithfull has a history of health issues, including hepatitis C and breast cancer, in addition to struggles with addiction and anorexia. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "All the Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus," 9 Jan. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Anorexia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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