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  Anorexia nervosa



Anorexia nervosa

    Syndrome in which the primary features include excessive fear of becoming overweight, body image disturbance, significant weight loss, refusal to maintain minimal normal weight, and amenorrhea. This disorder occurs most frequently in adolescent females.

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Syndrome
A grouping of signs and symptoms, based on their frequent co-occurrence, that may suggest a common underlying pathogenesis, course, familial pattern, or treatment selection.

Fear
The affective response to an actual current external danger which subsides with the elimination of the threatening condition.

Amenorrhea
The absence of menstrual bleeding in a woman who has not gone through menopause; may be due to such things as prolonged stress, thyroid disorders, excessive exercise, eating disorders, premature ovarian failure and others.

Adolescent
The period of life beginning with the appearance of secondary sex characteristics and terminating with the cessation of somatic growth. The years usually referred to as adolescence lie between 13 and 18 years of age.

Females
Human adult females as cultural, psychological, sociological, political, and economic entities.



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Anorchism
Congenital absence of both testes.

Anorectic
A name frequently used for diet medications that curb appetite.

Anorexia
A condition in which a person doesn’t eat normally. This severe eating disorder is associated with a need for control and severe weight loss, amenorrhea, high cortisol levels, bone loss and the metabolic effects of undernutrition.

Anorexia, cancer
See: Cancer anorexia.

Anorexic
1. Pertaining to anorexia, lack of appetite. 2. A drug or other agent that causes anorexia and so diminishes the appetite.

Anorexigenic
Causing anorexia (loss of appetite) as, for example, an anorexigenic drug.

Anorgasmia
a hypophilic condition or syndrome, variable in etiology, of being unable to attain orgasm with normally conducive modes of stimulation; failure to attain a sexual climax or orgasm during the acceptive phase of an erotic/sexual episode. It is also known, in men, as ejaculatory delay or incompetence. In women it is confused with frigidity, a term obsolete, imprecise, unscientific, and laden with opprobrium.

Anorgasmy
"Or anorgasmia. Failure of a male or female to achieve an orgasm (climax) during sexual intercourse. Anorgasmia is characterized by psychologists as a ""psychosexual dysfunction,"" a sexual maladjustment that is psychological or emotional in origin. Anorgasmia can result from a variety of problems, including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, worry, guilt, fear of painful intercourse, fear of pregnancy, the undesirability of a partner, the undesirability of a setting, and use of alcohol or drugs. In women this problem is also referred to as ""frigidity,"" or female orgasmic dysfunction."



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Amelia
Gross hypo- or aplasia of one or more long bones of one or more limbs. The concept includes amelia, hemimelia, and phocomelia.

Amentia
An acquired organic mental disorder with loss of intellectual abilities of sufficient severity to interfere with social or occupational functioning. The dysfunction is multifaceted and involves memory, behavior, personality, judgment, attention, spatial relations, language, abstract thought, and other executive functions. The intellectual decline is usually progressive, and initially spares the level of consciousness.

Alcoholism
A primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic.

Allergies
Altered reactivity to an antigen, which can result in pathologic reactions upon subsequent exposure to that particular antigen.

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Arteritides
Inflammation of an artery.

Arthrodeses
The surgical fixation of a joint by a procedure designed to accomplish fusion of the joint surfaces by promoting the proliferation of bone cells.

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Abortion clinic
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