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bulimia

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noun bu·lim·ia \bü-ˈlē-mē-ə, byü-, -ˈli-\

Simple Definition of bulimia

  • : a serious physical and emotional illness in which people and especially young women eat large amounts of food and then cause themselves to vomit in order to not gain weight

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bulimia

  1. 1 :  an abnormal and constant craving for food

  2. 2 :  a serious eating disorder that occurs chiefly in females, is characterized by compulsive overeating usually followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse, and is often accompanied by guilt and depression —called also bulimia nervosa

bulimic play \-ˈlē-mik, -ˈli-\ adjective or noun

Origin of bulimia

New Latin, from Greek boulimia great hunger, from bou-, augmentative prefix (from bous head of cattle) + limos hunger — more at cow


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

noun bu·lim·ia \byü-ˈlim-ē-ə, bü-, -ˈlē-mē-\

Medical Definition of bulimia

  1. 1:  an abnormal and constant craving for food—called also hyperorexia

  2. 2:  a serious eating disorder that occurs chiefly in females, is characterized by compulsive overeating usually followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse, and is often accompanied by guilt and depression



Variants of bulimia

also boulimia \bü-\play

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