anorexia nervosa

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anorexia 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.

[New Latin anorexia nervōsa : anorexia, anorexia + nervōsa, feminine of nervōsus, nervous.]

anorex′ia ner•vo′sa

(nɜrˈvoʊ sə)
an eating disorder characterized by a fear of becoming fat, a distorted body image, and excessive dieting leading to emaciation.
[1870–75; < New Latin: nervous anorexia]

an·o·rex·i·a ner·vo·sa

(ăn′ə-rĕk′sē-ə nûr-vō′sə)
A disorder characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese and by persistent efforts to lose weight, leading to severe weight loss and malnourishment. It most commonly affects young women, who often stop menstruating, develop brittle bones, and experience other physical changes as a result.

anorexia nervosa

a neurotic disorder charaeterized by refusal to eat and abnormal fear of obesity, seen especially in adolescent girls. — anorectic, anorexic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anorexia nervosa - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciatedanorexia nervosa - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated
psychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology - the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
anorexia - a prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite
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Body mass index (BMI) is often used to diagnose anorexia nervosa or determine severity and is one of the most frequently used research outcome measures.
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The identification of a specific cause or of causes of anorexia nervosa has eluded researchers for over a hundred years.
Over 6 years, the proportion of patients admitted with a diagnosis of eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS-Wt) increased from 8% (1 of 13) in 2005 to 47% (9 of 19) in 2009, compared with patients admitted with anorexia nervosa.
The outcome of anorexia nervosa in the 20th century.
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