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English definition of “anorexia nervosa”

anorexia nervosa

noun [U]     /æn.əˌrek.si.ə.nəˈvəʊ.sə/ US  /-nɚˈvoʊ-/ (informal anorexia)
a serious illness often resulting in dangerous weight loss, in which a person does not eat, or eats too little, for psychological reasons: Reports of anorexia and other eating disorders are on the increase. → Compare bulimiaDiets and dietingMental and psychiatric disorders
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