|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|
|[C17: from New Latin, from Greek boulimia, from bous ox + limos hunger]|
bulimia bu·lim·i·a (byōō-lĭm'ē-ə, -lē'mē-ə, bōō-)
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. Also called binge-eating syndrome, bulimia nervosa, hyperorexia.
|bulimia (b-lē'mē-ə) Pronunciation Key
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.