Which word entered English first:
anorexia or bulimia?
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The first OED citation for anorexia - which denotes a want of proper appetite -
is from 1650, whereas the first for bulimia -
morbid hunger - is from 1976.
Baxter Saints Rest iv. vi, These are sick of the anorexia, and apepsy, they
have neither appetite nor digestion.
1976 Sci. Amer. Apr. 80/3 After about two years a second phase
[of anorexia], called bulimia, usually develops, in which the victim
alternately fasts and gorges herself.
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