Meaning of “eating disorder” in the English Dictionary

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"eating disorder" in British English

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eating disordernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈiː.tɪŋ dɪˌsɔː.dər/ us /ˈiː.t̬ɪŋ dɪˌsɔːr.dɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Eating disorders mean eating compulsively because of a distorted body image. 
  • Occasionally a neurotic individual with a pre-existing eating disorder will become obsessed with fasting and colon cleansing as a justification to legitimize their compulsion. 
  • This is bulimia, the eating disorder discussed earlier. 

(Definition of “eating disorder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"eating disorder" in American English

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eating disordernoun [ C ]

/ˈi·t̬ɪŋ dɪsˌɔr·dər/

medical an illness involving the amount of food a person eats, such as bulimia (nervosa) or anorexia (nervosa)

(Definition of “eating disorder” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)