from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A psychophysiological disorder usually occurring in young women that is characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, a distorted self-image, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and severe weight loss. It is often accompanied by self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, malnutrition, amenorrhea, and other physiological changes.
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- n. An eating disorder characterized by self starvation due to a fear of gaining weight.
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- n. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated
New Latin anorexia nervōsa : anorexia, anorexia + nervōsa, feminine of nervōsus, nervous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)