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

Other Words from bulimia

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

Examples of bulimia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson explains how her curiosity turned into a form of travel bulimia, taking her to 87 countries in 25 years. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 16 Apr. 2022 Winehouse’s troubles include alcoholism, bulimia, self-harm, drug abuse and difficult romantic relationships. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 This is why cold intolerance can be one of many symptoms of an eating disorder that can cause weight loss, like anorexia or bulimia, Dr. Vyas explains. Mathew Devine, SELF, 23 May 2022 Two large plans covered nutritional counseling for diseases such as diabetes but not for mental disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Sandhya Raman, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 Without looking at the context of gender, almost every doctor would classify that kind of behavior as bulimia. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 21 Feb. 2022 In a scene portraying Diana's bulimia in a bathroom, Stewart attempted to actually purge. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 17 Feb. 2022 Lukasiak has recently opened up about her struggles with anorexia, bulimia and body dysmorphia following her appearance on Dance Moms. PEOPLE.com, 11 Oct. 2021 In the film’s final moments, Maggie says Charles (Jack Farthing) has asked her to suggest Diana see a doctor to address her bulimia and self-harm. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Bulimia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulimia. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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 bulimia (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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