- Anorexia is defined as a condition in which a person is incapable of eating, or has no appetite or desire to eat.
An example of someone with anorexia may be a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.
- The definition of anorexia is the emotional disorder called anorexia nervosa which is characterized by a refusal to eat in order to lose weight as a result of an unhealthy and inaccurate perception of body image and fear of weight gain.
An example of someone who suffered with anorexia is Karen Carpenter.
- lack of appetite for food
- an eating disorder, chiefly in young women, characterized by aversion to food and obsession with weight loss, and manifested in self-induced starvation and excessive exercise, etc.: in full anorexia ner·vo′sa cf. bulimia
Origin of anorexiaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from an-, without + orexis, a desire for ; from oregein, to reach after ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reg-: see right
- Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
- Anorexia nervosa.
Origin of anorexiaGreek anorexia : an-, without; see a–1 + orexis, appetite (from oregein, to reach out for; see reg- in Indo-European roots).
(countable and uncountable, plural anorexias)
From Ancient Greek ἀνορεξία (anoreksia), from ἀν- (an-, “without”) + ὄρεξις (oreksis, “appetite”).