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anorexia nervosanoun [U]

uk   /æn.əˌrek.si.ə.nəˈvəʊ.sə/  us   /-nɚˈvoʊ-/ (informal anorexia)
a ​seriousmentalillness in which a ​person does not ​eat, or ​eats too little, often ​resulting in ​dangerousweightloss : Reports of anorexia and other ​eatingdisorders are on the ​increase.
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(Definition of anorexia nervosa from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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anorexia (nervosa)noun [U]

 us   /ˌæn·əˈrek·si·ə (nɜrˈvoʊ·sə)/ medical
an ​illness often resulting in ​dangerousweightloss, in which a ​person, usually a ​girl or woman, ​refuses to ​eat enough over a ​longperiod of ​time
anorexic
adjective  us   /ˌæn·əˈrek·sɪk/
a ​recovering anorexic ​teenager
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