bulimia

noun
bu·​lim·​ia | \ bü-ˈlē-mē-ə How to pronounce bulimia (audio) , byü- How to pronounce bulimia (audio) , -ˈli- How to pronounce bulimia (audio) \

Definition of bulimia

1 : 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

2 : an abnormal and constant craving for food

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Other Words from bulimia

bulimic \ bü-​ˈlē-​mik How to pronounce bulimic (audio) , byü-​ , -​ˈli-​ How to pronounce bulimic (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of bulimia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Someone in my life didn't think boys could have bulimia, so that became an issue. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Important Reminder: Anyone Can Have an Eating Disorder," 27 Feb. 2020 For women already in the throes of anorexia or bulimia, juice fasts provide a great cover. Courtney Rubin, Marie Claire, "Cleansing's Dirty Secret," 26 Apr. 2013 The initiative aims to include 100,000 people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Rethinking anorexia: Biology may be more important than culture, new studies reveal," 9 Apr. 2020 According to the National Eating Disorders Association, roughly 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will at some point in their lives have a binge-eating disorder or an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Disruptions Add to Risks for Athletes With Eating Disorders," 3 May 2020 When Val was on the road, loneliness began to set in and Candace turned to food for comfort — and binging eventually lead to an eating disorder: bulimia. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Go, Candace, Go," 22 Apr. 2020 But behind Seidel’s success was a near-invisible adversary that manifested itself in bulimia. Brandon Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Unexpected Olympic Marathon qualifier Molly Seidel has two jobs, likes donuts, and trains in Boston," 1 Mar. 2020 Even without an official diagnosis, orthorexia can cause permanent damage reminiscent of anorexia nervosa or bulimia -- increased risks of malnutrition and heart disease, negatively affected cognition and fertility, and a weaker immune system. Eden David And, ABC News, "Social media exposure may exacerbate eating disorder," 27 Feb. 2020 First is the stigma around anorexia and bulimia associated with the sport regarding cutting weight. Jon Solomon, USA TODAY, "How one high school wrestling team dramatically increased participation by putting kids first," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of bulimia

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bulimia

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

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“Bulimia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulimia. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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bulimia

noun
How to pronounce bulimia (audio) How to pronounce bulimia (audio) How to pronounce bulimia (audio)

English Language Learners 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

bulimia

noun
bu·​lim·​ia | \ byü-ˈlim-ē-ə How to pronounce bulimia (audio) , bü- How to pronounce bulimia (audio) , -ˈlē-mē- How to pronounce bulimia (audio) \
variants: also boulimia \ bü-​ How to pronounce boulimia (audio) \

Medical Definition of bulimia

1 : an abnormal and constant craving for food

called also hyperorexia

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

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