Definition of tanorexia in English:


Line breaks: tan|or¦exia
Pronunciation: /ˌtanəˈrɛksɪə


[mass noun] informal
  • An obsessive desire to acquire and maintain a suntan, by natural or artificial methods: she is one of a growing number of teenagers thought to be suffering from tanorexia
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    • Tony, who is now 15, is one of a growing number of teenagers thought to be suffering from tanorexia.
    • Assuming that you don't have tanorexia—a compulsion marked by frequent trips to the tanning booth—you have every reason to feel optimistic about your skin.
    • People with tanorexia have tanned skin but look into the mirror and see themselves as too pale.



noun & adjective
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  • Scotland is supposed to be gripped by such a tanorexic mania and skin cancer epidemic that the Labour MSP is preparing to launch a bill attempting to regulate sunbed salons.
  • Lynne, a 28-year-old law student from Glasgow, is a typical tanorexic.
  • A consultant psychiatrist at Parkhead Hospital in Glasgow, he has treated a number of tanorexics.


1980s: blend of tan1 ( sense 2 of the noun) and anorexia.

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