anorexia nervosa

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noun anorexia ner·vo·sa \-(ˌ)nər-ˈvō-sə, -zə\

Definition of anorexia nervosa

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of anorexia nervosa

New Latin, nervous anorexia


First Known Use: 1873


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anorexia nervosa

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noun anorexia ner·vo·sa \-(ˌ)nər-ˈvō-sə, -zə\

Medical Definition of anorexia nervosa

  1. :  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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