|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.
An eating disorder that is characterized by episodic binge eating followed by feelings of guilt or depression and sometimes self-induced vomiting.