Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite

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Alternate forms of Anorexia

Derivations: anorectic, anorexic

Hyponyms: anorexia nervosa

Hypernyms: eating disorder

Origin of the word Anorexia

  1. 1590s, "lack of appetite," from Gk. anorexia, from an-, privative prefix, "without" + orexis "appetite, desire," from oregein "to desire, stretch out" (cognate with L. regere "to keep straight, guide, rule;" see regal). more

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