- Also called hyperphagia. Pathology. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
- 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.
Origin of bulimia
Examples from the Web for bulimia
Binge eating and purging does the same for someone with bulimia.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Others shared stories of friends who suffered from bulimia in an open secret.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
Other risk factors include a history of sexual abuse and bulimia, both of which also affect more women than men.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women
October 24, 2014
She struggled with bulimia and, when she was anxious, would eat excessively.Nina Davuluri Crowned Miss America: The First Miss America of Indian Descent
September 16, 2013
Hence they marched through snow the whole of the following day, and many of the men contracted the bulimia.
It is a species of bulimia—an insatiable appetite, which "grows by what it feeds on."
From hence they marched through snow the whole of the following day, and many of the men contracted the bulimia.
- 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
Word Origin and History for bulimia
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."
bulimia(bōō-lē′mē-ə, -lĭm′ē-ə, byōō-)
- 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
- 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.
An eating disorder that is characterized by episodic binge eating followed by feelings of guilt or depression and sometimes self-induced vomiting.