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 The anorexic girl is a victim of improper consumption. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 In February, her daughter passed out—probably from low blood pressure, a common health complication in anorexic patients—and went to the emergency room. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Her oldest daughter, Sadie, 26, speaks up when her mom’s anorexic behaviors flare. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 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, 23 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of anorexic


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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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