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bulimia

[byoo-lim-ee-uh, -lee-mee-uh, boo-, buh-]
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noun
  1. Also called hyperphagia. Pathology. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
  2. Also called binge-purge syndrome, bulim·ia ner·vo·sa [nur-voh-suh] /nɜrˈvoʊ sə/. 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.
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Also boulimia.

Origin of bulimia

1350–1400; Middle English < New Latin < Greek boulīmía extreme hunger, equivalent to bou- intensive prefix (derivative of bou-, stem of boûs ox) + līm(ós) hunger + -ia -ia
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bulimia

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

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Greek boulimia, from bous ox + limos hunger
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Word Origin and History for bulimia

n.

1976, Modern Latin, from Greek boulimia, "ravenous hunger" as a disease, literally "ox-hunger," from bou-, intensive prefix (originally from bous "ox;" see cow (n.)) + limos "hunger," from PIE root *leie- "to waste away." As a psychological disorder, technically bulemia nervosa. Englished bulimy was used from late 14c. in a medical sense of "ravishing hunger."

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bulimia in Medicine

bulimia

(bōō-lēmē-ə, -lĭmē-ə, byōō-)
n.
  1. 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
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Related formsbu•limic adj. n.
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bulimia in Science

bulimia

[bōō-lēmē-ə]
  1. 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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bulimia in Culture

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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