anorexia nervosaanorexia ner·vo·sa
An eating disorder that is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted self-image, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and extremely low body weight, and is often accompanied by self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise. It most commonly affects young women and can lead to amenorrhea, malnutrition, brittle bones, and other physiological changes.
Origin of anorexia nervosaNew Latin anorexia nervōsa anorexia anorexia nervōsa feminine of nervōsus nervous
- An eating disorder characterized by self starvation due to a fear of gaining weight.