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Meaning of anorexia nervosa

anorex'ia ner•vo'sa

Pronunciation: (nûr-vō'su), [key]
— Psychiatry. Psychiatry.
  1. an eating disorder primarily affecting adolescent girls and young women, characterized by pathological fear of becoming fat, distorted body image, excessive dieting, and emaciation. Cf.
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