Definition of anorexia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈrɛksɪə/


[mass noun]
1Lack or loss of appetite for food (as a medical condition).
Example sentences
  • Other symptoms may include fever, malaise, anorexia, and weight loss.
  • Both medications can cause gastrointestinal effects such as anorexia and nausea.
  • He was otherwise asymptomatic, with no anorexia, weight loss, or jaundice.
1.1 (also anorexia nervosa /nəːˈvəʊsə/) An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.
Example sentences
  • The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
  • 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.
  • People who intentionally starve themselves suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa.


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

  • This is based on Greek an- ‘without’ and orexis ‘appetite’.

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