anorexia nervosaanorexia ner·vo·sa
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.
Origin of anorexia nervosaNew Latin anorexia nerv&omacron;sa : anorexia, anorexia + nerv&omacron;sa, feminine of nerv&omacron;sus, nervous.
- An eating disorder characterized by self starvation due to a fear of gaining weight.