bulimia nervosa

bulimia

[byoo-lim-ee-uh, -lee-mee-uh, boo-, buh-]
noun
1.
Also called hyperphagia. Pathology. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
2.
Also called binge-purge syndrome, bulimia nervosa [nur-voh-suh] . 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, boulimia.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Neo-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 (bjuːˈlɪmɪə)
 
n
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]
 
bu'limic
 
n, —adj

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bulimia
1976, Mod.L., from Gk. boulimia, "ravenous hunger" as a disease, lit. "ox-hunger," from bou-, intensive prefix (originally from bous "ox") + limos "hunger;" as a psychological disorder, technically bulemia nervosa. Anglicized bulimy was used from late 14c. in a medical sense of "ravishing hunger."
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bulimia bu·lim·i·a (byōō-lĭm'ē-ə, -lē'mē-ə, bōō-)
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. Also called binge-eating syndrome, bulimia nervosa, hyperorexia.


bu·lim'ic adj. & n.
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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.
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bulimia definition


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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