Definition of anorexia in English:

anorexia

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Lack or loss of appetite for food (as a medical condition).

    • ‘Nausea, vomiting and anorexia were also commonly present in these patients.’
    • ‘Other symptoms may include fever, malaise, anorexia, and weight loss.’
    • ‘The patient with nausea and anorexia is at risk for inadequate nutrition and weight loss, and should be monitored.’
    • ‘He was otherwise asymptomatic, with no anorexia, weight loss, or jaundice.’
    • ‘Both medications can cause gastrointestinal effects such as anorexia and nausea.’
    undernourishment, malnourishment, undernutrition, poor diet, inadequate diet, unhealthy diet, lack of food, inanition
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    1. 1.1An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.
      • ‘She was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa after psychiatric consultation and discharged.’
      • ‘For a start, he has suffered from depression and anorexia, neither of which are conditions that men readily admit to having.’
      • ‘As well as suffering from asthma, she is receiving medical treatment for anorexia.’
      • ‘People who intentionally starve themselves suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa.’
      • ‘Persons with anorexia nervosa eventually become visibly recognizable because of their severely underweight status.’
      • ‘Patients with anorexia nervosa often attempt to deceive health care professionals because they do not want treatment for their disorder.’
      • ‘My daughter, who nearly died from anorexia, is making a steady recovery.’
      • ‘The other main eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, is characterised by excessive weight loss.’
      • ‘The family has been shown to play an important role in both the development and the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia.’
      • ‘It has recently been argued that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is no longer bound to specific Western localities.’
      • ‘People with anorexia limit their food intake severely, and so become very underweight.’
      • ‘Medication should be considered in the treatment of anorexia but should not be the sole or primary treatment.’
      • ‘Although 90% of people with anorexia are women, anorexia nervosa is also found in men, all ages, in all social and almost all cultural groups.’
      • ‘Patients who have anorexia typically will be unconcerned about significant weight loss.’
      • ‘The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.’
      • ‘Someone with anorexia might visit their GP because of symptoms such as loss of periods, abdominal pain, bloating or constipation.’
      • ‘Although some people with anorexia have bingeing and purging habits, the two conditions are distinct.’
      • ‘The symptoms of anorexia nervosa include loss of weight and changes in other physical features, together with a change in personality and behaviour.’
      • ‘Girls and women with anorexia might stop having normal menstrual periods.’
      • ‘This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents.’

Origin

Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek, from an- without + orexis appetite.

Pronunciation:

anorexia

/ˌanəˈrɛksɪə//nəːˈvəʊsə/