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bulimia

[ byoo-lim-ee-uh, -lee-mee-uh, boo-, buh- ]
/ byu藞l瑟m i 蓹, -藞li mi 蓹, bu-, b蓹- /
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noun
Also called binge-purge syn路drome [binj-purj-sin-drohm], /藞b瑟nd蕭藞p蓽rd蕭 藢s瑟n dro蕣m/, bu路lim路i路a ner路vo路sa [nur-voh-suh]. /n蓽r藞vo蕣 s蓹/. Psychiatry. a habitual disturbance in eating behavior mostly affecting young women of normal weight, characterized by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain.Compare anorexia nervosa.
Also called hyperphagia. Pathology. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.

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Origin of bulimia

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from New Latin, from Greek boul墨m铆a 鈥渆xtreme hunger,鈥 equivalent to bou- intensive prefix (derivative of bou-, stem of bo没s ox) + l墨m(贸s) 鈥渉unger鈥 + -ia -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for bulimia

bulimia
/ (bju藧藞l瑟m瑟蓹) /

noun
pathologically insatiable hunger, esp when caused by a brain lesion
Also called: bulimia nervosa a disorder characterized by compulsive overeating followed by vomiting: sometimes associated with anxiety about gaining weight

Derived forms of bulimia

bulimic, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bulimia

C17: from New Latin, from Greek boulimia, from bous ox + limos hunger
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Medical definitions for bulimia

bulimia
[ b艒艒-l膿m膿-蓹, -l沫m膿-蓹, by艒艒- ]

n.
A chronic eating disorder involving repeated and secretive episodes of eating, characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time, followed by self-induced vomiting, purging, and anorexia and accompanied by feelings of guilt, depression, or self-disgust.bulimia nervosa hyperorexia

Other words from bulimia

bu鈥imic adj. n.
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Scientific definitions for bulimia

bulimia
[ b艒艒-l膿m膿-蓹 ]

An eating disorder characterized by uncontrolled rapid ingestion of large quantities of food over a short period of time, followed by self-induced vomiting, fasting, and other measures to prevent weight gain. It is most common among young women and teenage girls.
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Cultural definitions for bulimia

bulimia

An eating disorder that is characterized by episodic binge eating followed by feelings of guilt or depression and sometimes self-induced vomiting.

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