tanorexia

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noun tan·o·rex·ia \ˌta-nə-ˈrek-sē-ə, -ˈrek-shə\

Definition of tanorexia

  1. :  a compulsive need or desire to have and maintain a very dark tan beyond what is typically considered normal … tanning becomes a compulsion similar to behavior associated with eating disorders such as anorexia—giving rise to the non-clinical designation of tanorexia. — Morgan True, Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Massachusetts), 3 Aug. 2012

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Origin and Etymology of tanorexia

blend of 2tan and anorexia


First Known Use: 1989


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