Entry from US English dictionary
A psychological disorder marked by a negative body image and an obsessive desire to have a muscular physique.
- There's a growing trend for men to desire larger, more muscular bodies, and muscle dysmorphia is a new syndrome in which individuals have a pathological belief that they have very small musculature.
- A recently recognised form of body dysmorphic disorder that occurs almost exclusively in men is muscle dysmorphia, a preoccupation that one's body is too small, ‘puny,’ and inadequately muscular.
- In the first of two related studies, researchers compared 30 normal weightlifters to 24 men with muscle dysmorphia - a disorder defined by a pathological preoccupation with increasing muscularity.
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Syllabification: mus·cle dys·mor·phi·a
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