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anorexia

an·o·rex·i·a

anorexia

 
pronunciation:
ae n rek si
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part of speech: noun
definition: a psychological disorder marked by the inability to eat or the persistent refusal of food; anorexia nervosa. (Cf. bulimarexia.)
derivations: anorectic (adj.), anorexic (adj.)
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The word anorexia contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.