bulimia

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

Definition of bulimia 

1 : an abnormal and constant craving for food

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

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

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Demi was also diagnosed with addiction, bulimia, and cutting. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "12 Celebrities Who Talk About Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 The former school teacher, who became the Princess of Wales, also revealed her secret battle with bulimia, suicide attempts, as well as her ongoing struggle to fit in within Britain’s monarchy. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana's biographer says her shocking tell-all 'explained her sense of being a prisoner'," 24 Aug. 2018 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, chicagotribune.com, "People with eating disorders use apps to navigate supermarket aisles," 21 May 2018 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, chicagotribune.com, "People with eating disorders use apps to navigate supermarket aisles," 21 May 2018 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, chicagotribune.com, "People with eating disorders use apps to navigate supermarket aisles," 21 May 2018 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, chicagotribune.com, "People with eating disorders use apps to navigate supermarket aisles," 21 May 2018 In 2010, at age 18, the former Disney star entered rehab to seek treatment for substance abuse, depression and bulimia. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Demi Lovato Says She's 'Not Sober Anymore' in Emotional New Song," 21 June 2018 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, chicagotribune.com, "People with eating disorders use apps to navigate supermarket aisles," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of bulimia

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

noun

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, bü-, -ˈlē-mē- \
variants: also boulimia \bü-​ \

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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