Meaning of anorexia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌanəˈrɛksɪə/

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mass noun
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    (also anorexia nervosa)
    An eating disorder characterized by restriction of food intake leading to low body weight, typically accompanied by intense fear of gaining weight and disturbed perception of body weight and image.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The other main eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, is characterised by excessive weight loss.’
    • ‘It has recently been argued that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is no longer bound to specific Western localities.’
    • ‘Patients with anorexia nervosa often attempt to deceive health care professionals because they do not want treatment for their disorder.’
    • ‘This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents.’
    • ‘She was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa after psychiatric consultation and discharged.’
    • ‘Persons with anorexia nervosa eventually become visibly recognizable because of their severely underweight status.’
    • ‘The symptoms of anorexia nervosa include loss of weight and changes in other physical features, together with a change in personality and behaviour.’
    • ‘Although 90% of people with anorexia are women, anorexia nervosa is also found in men, all ages, in all social and almost all cultural groups.’
    • ‘As well as suffering from asthma, she is receiving medical treatment for anorexia.’
    • ‘People with anorexia limit their food intake severely, and so become very underweight.’
    • ‘Someone with anorexia might visit their GP because of symptoms such as loss of periods, abdominal pain, bloating or constipation.’
    • ‘Medication should be considered in the treatment of anorexia but should not be the sole or primary treatment.’
    • ‘For a start, he has suffered from depression and anorexia, neither of which are conditions that men readily admit to having.’
    • ‘Although some people with anorexia have bingeing and purging habits, the two conditions are distinct.’
    • ‘Patients who have anorexia typically will be unconcerned about significant weight loss.’
    • ‘Girls and women with anorexia might stop having normal menstrual periods.’
    • ‘My daughter, who nearly died from anorexia, is making a steady recovery.’
    1. 1.1Medicine Lack or loss of appetite for food (as a medical condition).
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Nausea, vomiting and anorexia were also commonly present in these patients.’
      • ‘The patient with nausea and anorexia is at risk for inadequate nutrition and weight loss, and should be monitored.’
      undernourishment, malnourishment, undernutrition, poor diet, inadequate diet, unhealthy diet, lack of food, inanition


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