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bulimia

[byoo-lim-ee-uh, -lee-mee-uh, boo-, buh-] /byuˈlɪm i ə, -ˈli mi ə, bu-, bə-/
noun
1.
Also called hyperphagia. Pathology. abnormally voracious appetite or unnaturally constant hunger.
2.
Also called binge-purge syndrome, bulimia nervosa
[nur-voh-suh] /nɜrˈvoʊ sə/ (Show IPA)
. 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.
Also, boulimia.
Origin
1350-1400
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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British Dictionary definitions for bulimia nervosa

bulimia

/bjuːˈlɪmɪə/
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
Derived Forms
bulimic, 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 nervosa

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 nervosa in Medicine

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 nervosa in Science
bulimia
  (b-lē'mē-ə)   
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 nervosa in Culture

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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