an·​orex·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈrek-sik How to pronounce anorexic (audio) \

Definition of anorexic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : anorectic
2 : relating to, characteristic of, or affected with anorexia nervosa also : seemingly affected with anorexia nervosa as by being excessively skinny



Definition of anorexic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with or as if with anorexia nervosa

Examples of anorexic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her oldest daughter, Sadie, 26, speaks up when her mom’s anorexic behaviors flare. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "From anorexia to bodybuilding champion, this Arden Hills woman learned to love herself," 28 Dec. 2019 His team has previously found cancer patients with an anorexic and muscle-wasting syndrome called cachexia also have high blood levels of GDF15. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Researchers converge on possible cause for severe morning sickness," 21 Mar. 2018 His treatment for anorexic girls involved sitting the whole family down for lunch and urging the parents to use all means to get their daughters to eat. Faye Fiore, Washington Post, "Salvador Minuchin, psychiatrist who revolutionized family therapy, dies at 96," 4 Nov. 2017 Yet the building itself is almost anorexic in its proportions, with 13 floors soaring over a lot barely 30 feet wide. Condé Nast Traveler, "CasaSur Recoleta," 20 Oct. 2017 To the Bone introduces viewers to Kendra, a young black woman who's bulimic and plus-sized, and Luke, an anorexic ballet dancer. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "Lily Collins Responds to Critics Who Say "To the Bone" Glamorizes Eating Disorders," 14 July 2017 Despite the eating-disorder stereotypes often depicted in movies and on TV — the overweight binge eater and frail anorexic — sufferers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and sometimes, with no discernible signs of internal struggle. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "#FearlesslyFaceless Sets the Record Straight on What Eating Disorders Look Like," 21 July 2017 In Netflix’s To the Bone, Lily Collins plays Ellen, an angsty 20-year-old anorexic girl who, despite various treatment programs, can’t get ahead of her eating disorder. Ruthie Friedlander,, "An Eating Disorder Survivor on 5 Things To the Bone Gets Right," 14 July 2017 In the film, directed by Marti Noxon, Collins plays Ellen, a severely anorexic teenager who is sent for treatment at an inpatient clinic run by an unorthodox therapist (Keanu Reeves). Anna Silman, The Cut, "Can an Actress Who’s Struggled With an Eating Disorder Safely Lose Weight for a Role?," 20 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Let’s get rid of Infirmary Feminism, with its bedlam of bellyachers, anorexics, bulimics, depressives, rape victims and incest survivors. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "From Camille Paglia, ‘Free Women, Free Men’ and No Sacred Cows," 23 Mar. 2017

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1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1907, in the meaning defined above

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an·​orex·​ic | \ -ˈrek-sik How to pronounce anorexic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anorexic

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2 : relating to, characteristic of, or affected with anorexia nervosa



Medical Definition of anorexic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with anorexia nervosa

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