Definition of anorexic in US English:

anorexic

(also anorectic)

adjective

  • 1Relating to, characterized by, or suffering from anorexia.

    • ‘Ongoing inpatient psychotherapy helps to dismantle the anorexic belief system.’
    • ‘Can you even be anorexic and bulimic at the same time?’
    • ‘Earlier at the hospital, we were informed that Samantha had been anorexic and bulimic.’
    • ‘When I was at college there was a girl who went around telling everyone that she was anorexic.’
    • ‘Yet, her arms were so thin and bony that Sandra was reminded of the anorexic girl from her math class, the one that dreamed of being a ballerina, but later on had to be hospitalized for her food disorder.’
    • ‘Looking at contexts where lightness is celebrated in music, literature and the arts one writer suggests anorexic behaviour is more than a pattern of psychiatric symptoms.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, one group of patients continues to worry clinicians and researchers: adults with anorexia, estimated to make up about 35 percent of anorexic patients.’
    • ‘He eventually became anorexic and then bulimic.’
    • ‘In the case of an anorexic patient, the guardian would approve resuscitation and psychiatric interventions.’
    • ‘Other variations of eating disorders occur, such as purging without bingeing, chewing and spitting without purging, and anorexic behavior with less severe weight loss.’
    • ‘Families are distressed by the anorexic behavior, which resists both entreaties and threats.’
    • ‘When it came to anorexic or bulimic girls, I wouldn't book them until they got better.’
    • ‘The difference is that the anorexic young woman has anorexic thinking and feeling influencing every decision and action in her life. She is often very afraid.’
    • ‘Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women.’
    • ‘It has been alleged these women have anorexia - as have countless other celebs over the years - so are we suggesting it is good to be anorexic?’
    • ‘Women with bulimic or anorexic female relatives are four to five times more likely to develop the disorder, and twin studies reveal that the genetic risk factor may be as high as 58 percent.’
    • ‘Although both bulimic and anorectic patients have abnormal eating habits and often exercise excessively, bulimia can be determined by the habit of binge eating and purging.’
    • ‘About 3% of these go too far, and become anorexic or bulimic’
    • ‘Erin had been a very thin and somewhat sickly girl, supposedly anorexic or bulimic.’
    • ‘A group treatment program was designed for anorexic clients attending a multidisciplinary, outpatient eating disorders clinic in a general hospital.’
    pale, deathly pale, pallid, white, bloodless, ashen, ashen-faced, ashy, chalky, chalk-white, grey, white-faced, whey-faced, waxen, waxy, corpse-like, deathlike, ghostly
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely thin.
      • ‘She raised one of those pointlessly anorexic cigarettes to her pouting lips and leaned in closer to me.’
      • ‘Amazingly tall and thin, but not anorexic in the way that some of the papers would have us all believe, she oozes charm from every pore, holding court beside the director of the film Anthony Minghella.’
      • ‘The original had a thin premise and an anorexic plot, but delivered brilliantly choreographed fight scenes and downplayed gun violence.’
      • ‘They have to be above 5 ft 6 inches and must be thin, not anorexic though.’
      • ‘It is not even precipitate to say that our chances of European qualification are slim, going on anorexic.’
      slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight
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noun

  • 1A person suffering from anorexia.

    • ‘Dr Bratman believes that people who are obsessed with eating ‘healthily’ have a real problem, and should be taken as seriously as an anorexic or bulimic.’
    • ‘Dr. Katzman, the chief researcher, and her team are studying 50 recovered anorexics who were diagnosed during their teens.’
    • ‘Her 13-year-old daughter, Lianna, comes home from school and tells her mother about all the wannabe anorexics and bulimics obsessing about food.’
    • ‘Most anorexics do recover, after all: somehow, and despite the violence visited on them in the name of therapy, the physical and psychological invasion, they recover, fatten, compromise.’
    • ‘About 20% of anorexics eventually die while 40% recover and the remainder continue to suffer for years.’
    • ‘Without them, there would still be the same number of anorexics because it isn't about the sites, it's about the weight and state of mind.’
    • ‘Some of the youngest sufferers are the children of anorexics and bulimics, many of whom raise their families with bizarre attitudes towards food.’
    • ‘But with the iron self-discipline typical of anorexics, she kept cutting back her food intake until she weighed just over 39 kg and lacked the energy to move.’
    • ‘Manchester's only specialist clinic for anorexics and bulimics with potentially fatal conditions is under threat of closure to save NHS cash.’
    • ‘University experts in Sheffield have scooped £10,000 to help anorexics overcome their eating disorders with the creation of ‘early intervention’ clinics.’
    • ‘With anorexics it is more noticeable, as the weight loss is usually much more sudden and severe.’
    • ‘The most serious anorexics can have a BMI as low as seven.’
    • ‘There are lots of anorexics and bulimics in this business.’
    • ‘People with cancer may have an increased need for zinc, and anorexics may not receive adequate dietary sources of zinc.’
    • ‘No matter how thin the anorexic gets, she sees herself as fat and stops at nothing to get thinner.’
    • ‘Arguably, an insatiable quest for perfection might be said to characterize not only most anorexics but most designers, too.’
    • ‘The truth is, 40 percent of anorexics relapse within four years.’
    • ‘Drug addicts, alcoholics, bulimics, anorexics, and sex addicts line up to claim social causes of their problems.’
    • ‘Some researchers believe that anorexics use the restriction of food to self-medicate painful feelings and distressing moods.’
    • ‘Some anorexics need to be hospitalized and administered intravenous fluids.’
  • 2anorecticA medicine which produces a loss of appetite.

    • ‘The cases examined here emphasized the marked individual variation in severity and location of valvular lesions induced by anorectic agents.’
    • ‘In addition, an effort was made to assess the likelihood that lesions induced by anorectic agents could progress despite cessation of therapy.’
    • ‘These medications preserve the anorectic effects of amphetamines with weaker stimulant activity and little abuse potential.’
    • ‘Older anorectic agents have significant side effects and limited benefit, and some have even been withdrawn from the U.S. market because of a possible association with cardiovascular complications.’
    • ‘Patients also were excluded if they had been receiving ergot-derived medications, anorectic drugs, or Chinese herbs.’

Pronunciation

anorexic

/ˌænəˈrɛksɪk//ˌanəˈreksik/