When you think you are fat and you eat an entire box of Twinkies but then you make yourself throw it up, this is an example of bulimia.
- Med. a continuous, abnormal hunger
- an eating disorder, chiefly in young women, characterized by the gorging of large quantities of food followed by purging, as through self-induced vomitingin full bulimia ner·vo′sa
Origin of bulimiaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek boulimia ; from bous, ox, cow + limos, hunger ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form lei-, to diminish, meager from source little
- 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.
- Excessive or insatiable appetite.
Origin of bulimiaNew Latin b&umacron;l&imacron;mia, from Greek boul&imacron;mi&amacron; : bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + l&imacron;mos, hunger.