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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the chronic eating disorder bulimia nervosa

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 nervosa and binge-purge syndrome. It is observed mainly in young women of normal weight.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

New Latin būlīmia, from Greek boulīmiā : bous, ox.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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