Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to anorexia nervosa: bulimia nervosa
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.
a neurotic disorder charaeterized by refusal to eat and abnormal fear of obesity, seen especially in adolescent girls. — anorectic, anorexic, adj.See also: Disease and Illness
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||anorexia 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