April 18th, 2005

Definitions

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com):

Main Entry: an·orex·ia
Pronunciation: "a-n&-'rek-sE-&, -'rek-sh&
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, from a- + orexis appetite, from oregein
1 : loss of appetite especially when prolonged
2 : ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Main Entry: anorexia ner·vo·sa
Pronunciation: -(")n&r-'vO-s&, -z&
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, nervous anorexia
: a serious disorder in eating behavior primarily of young women in their teens and early twenties that is characterized especially by a pathological fear of weight gain leading to faulty eating patterns, malnutrition, and usually excessive weight loss

Is this common knowledge or am I just an idiot?