American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An eating disorder, common especially among young women of normal or nearly normal weight, that is characterized by episodic binge eating and followed by feelings of guilt, depression, and self-condemnation. It is often associated with measures taken to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, the use of laxatives, dieting, or fasting. Also called bulimarexia, bulimia nervosa.
- n. Excessive or insatiable appetite.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Morbidly voracious appetite; a disease in which the patient has a constant and insatiable craving for food. Also written bulimy, boulimia, boulimy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A disease in which there is a perpetual and insatiable appetite for food; a diseased and voracious appetite.
- n. a disordered eating habit characterized by occasional episodes of excessive eating, followed by self-induced vomiting or abuse of laxatives, to avoid gaining weight; it is often accompanied by feelings of guilt; -- called also
bulimia nervosaand binge-purge syndrome. It is observed mainly in young women of normal weight.
- n. pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions)
- n. a disorder of eating seen among young women who go on eating binges and then feel guilt and depression and self-condemnation
- New Latin būlīmia, from Greek boulīmiā : bous, ox. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When I did go to treatment, I didn't know until three days before I checked in that there was even something called bulimia.”
“And I think one thing that I did address in my book was bulimia, which is - is pretty common.”
“She tells my other friends of my bulimia, which is OKAY to me, but she makes fun of it and encourages others to make stupid jokes out of my bulimia. what kind of a "sister" is that?”
“Your bulimia might be your way of expressing that feeling.”
“Likewise, the worker helped Darlene to see how she had taken on the role her parents had assigned to her in order to please them in some way but that her bulimia was an expression of her need to break out of that rigid and distorted role.”
“Others go on eating binges and purge their bodies of the food they've just eaten through forced vomiting, compulsive exercise, taking laxatives, or a combination of these (known as bulimia).”
“Approach fat people and ask them to volunteer for experimental purposes. the people above me are talking about bulimia, which is different. en Español”
“And, no my smart alecky friends, that routine is not called "bulimia".”
“Researchers are now checking its effectiveness on a host of psychiatric ailments, such as bulimia and anxiety (including posttraumatic stress disorder, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder), as well as chronic headaches and migraines, and Alzheimer's.”
“Problems with body image are more common among gay men than their straight counterparts, and gay men are much more likely to experience an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa.”
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