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

Examples of anorexia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eyeless suffers from behavioral disorder and anorexia. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 Their findings said the drug has addictive properties and causes symptoms like dry mouth, insomnia, anorexia, hallucinations and confusion. Sun Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 People who have high levels of perfectionism, for example, are at greater risk of developing anorexia. Francine Russo, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 Another avenue for treating symptoms of anorexia that researchers are exploring is using psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient found in mushrooms. Kendall Powell, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 Athletes have always been prone to alcoholism, anorexia, and other manifestations of mental illness. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 Tess Holliday is sharing more about her anorexia battle — and the weight-bias that played a role in her late diagnosis. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, 7 Mar. 2022 Bullied for being fat as a kid in Hong Kong, Kang developed anorexia at age 13. Vogue, 22 Feb. 2022 One worrying piece of evidence for this was an extraordinary spike in hospitalizations for anorexia and other eating disorders among adolescents, especially girls between the ages of 12 and 18, and not just in the U.S. but around the world. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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28 Apr 2022

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“Anorexia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

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