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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Other Words from bulimia

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

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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 Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. Juli Fraga, Washington Post, "With the help of virtual therapists, people with eating disorders tackle anxiety in grocery stores," 20 May 2018 But unlike fake news, users who share pro-eating disorder content could be suffering from a serious illness like anorexia or bulimia. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters on Social Media," 13 June 2018 Lovato has been sober for more than five years after seeking treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and substance abuse, and has continually been candid about her recovery. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Did Demi Lovato Leave the Met Gala Early Because of Nicki Minaj?," 9 Mar. 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

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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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