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

Examples of bulimia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Lovato, who is in recovery from bulimia, the personal item represents the continual nature of her healing process—and the importance of sticking with that hard work. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 6 May 2021 More Television Reviews Not everything is explained in the Berman-Pulcini script, or serves an obvious function—Catherine’s bulimia, for instance, or her Catholicism, which may be untidy threads left over after tailoring the novel for the screen. John Anderson, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 These disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder, the alliance said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Some plans cover treatment for anorexia but not bulimia, or vice versa, further complicating the financial picture for patients and their families. Health.com, 20 Apr. 2021 The big three are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2021 Similar to bulimia nervosa, BED is characterized by episodes of binge eating, which is eating an amount of food in a certain time period that is more than what most people would eat in that same time frame. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 24 Feb. 2021 In that exchange, Diana told Martin Bashir about Prince Charles and his adultery, her bulimia and not getting support from the palace. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2021 Beat also helped coach the show's depiction of bulimia. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 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 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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