anorexia nervosa

noun
anorexia ner·​vo·​sa | \ -(ˌ)nər-ˈvō-sə How to pronounce anorexia nervosa (audio) , -zə \

Definition of anorexia nervosa

: a serious disorder in eating behavior primarily of young women in their teens and early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss

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Recent Examples on the Web The most common eating disorders, Mayo Clinic says, are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier 'chose not to compete' until swimsuit portion was axed," 21 Dec. 2019 The three most common types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Eating disorders can affect people of all ages," 18 Oct. 2019 In August 2019, the state added 11 new qualifying conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, anorexia nervosa and autism, but the report only covered the state’s fiscal year through June 30, so did not include those conditions. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Medical marijuana popularity surging in Illinois as revisions in law allow greater access for patients," 18 Oct. 2019 UC San Diego researchers will evaluate whether CBD can be safely and effectively used to treat psychosis, rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, alcohol dependence, and anorexia nervosa. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD gets $3M to explore the medicinal value of the cannabis compound CBD," 14 Oct. 2019 The 11 additional conditions that now qualify for medical cannabis use include chronic pain, anorexia nervosa and autism. Jamie Munks, chicagotribune.com, "New law broadens access to medical marijuana, makes state program permanent," 12 Aug. 2019 The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics, examined the DNA of almost 17,000 people with anorexia nervosa and 55,000 healthy control subjects. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Scientists have found that anorexia is linked to metabolism," 15 July 2019 In 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 expanded the clinical definition of anorexia nervosa to include overweight and obese teenagers who develop disordered eating. Amy Mccarthy, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Shouldn't Assume That Only Thin People Can Have Eating Disorders," 26 Feb. 2016 In addition to the genetic links between educational attainment and Alzheimer’s risk, the results link neuroticism to anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorders, MDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines Among Brain Disorders," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of anorexia nervosa

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anorexia nervosa

New Latin, nervous anorexia

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7 Jan 2020

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“Anorexia nervosa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anorexia%20nervosa. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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anorexia nervosa

noun
anorexia ner·​vo·​sa | \ -(ˌ)nər-ˈvō-sə, -zə How to pronounce anorexia nervosa (audio) \

Medical Definition of anorexia nervosa

: a serious eating disorder primarily of young women in their teens and early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss

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