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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


anorexia nervosa  listen  (a-nuh-REK-see-uh ner-VOH-suh)

  An eating disorder marked by an intense fear of gaining weight, a refusal to maintain a healthy weight, and a distorted body image. People with anorexia nervosa have an abnormal loss of appetite for food, try to avoid eating, and eat as little as possible.