Definition of anorexia in US English:

anorexia

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

anorexia

/ˌænəˈrɛksiə//ˌanəˈreksēə/