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bulimic

[byoo-lim-ik, -lee-mik, boo-, buh-] /byuˈlɪm ɪk, -ˈli mɪk, bu-, bə-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, resembling, or affected by bulimia.
noun
2.
a person suffering from bulimia.
Also, bulimiac
[byoo-lim-ee-ak, -lee-mee-, boo-, buh-] /byuˈlɪm iˌæk, -ˈli mi-, bu-, bə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; bulim(y) earlier form of bulimia + -ic, or bulimi(a) + -ac
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Examples from the web for bulimic
  • The second was composed of individuals diagnosed as bulimic.
  • Anorexic bulimic patients maintain emaciation by purging.
  • Similarly, anorexic and bulimic patients can also shut down their system.
  • One of my patients was a recovering heroin addict, several others were anorexic or bulimic.
Word Origin and History for bulimic
adj.

1854, "voracious;" see bulimia + -ic. Meaning "suffering from bulimia nervosa" is recorded from 1977. The noun in this sense is from 1980.

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