Bulimy
Bulimia Bu*lim"i*a (b[u^]*l[i^]m"[i^]*[.a]), Bulimy Bu"li*my, n. [NL. bulimia, fr. Gr. boylimi`a, lit., ox-hunger; boy^s ox + limo`s hunger: cf. F. boulimie.] 1. (Med.) A disease in which there is a perpetual and insatiable appetite for food; a diseased and voracious appetite. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [PJC]


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  • bulimy — bu·li·my …   English syllables

  • bulimy —   n. insatiable hunger; abnormal craving for food.    ♦ bulimia nervosa, excessive overeating compensated for by forced vomiting, periods of fasting, etc.    ♦ bulimic,   a. voracious; pertaining to bulimia (nervosa); n. person suffering from… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • bulimy — ˈbyüləmē noun ( es) Etymology: alteration of Middle English bolisme, bolismus, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French bolisme, from Medieval Latin bolismus, alteration of Latin bulimus more at bulimus : an insatiable appetite; especia …   Useful english dictionary

  • binge-purge syndrome — Bulimia Bu*lim i*a (b[u^]*l[i^]m [i^]*[.a]), Bulimy Bu li*my, n. [NL. bulimia, fr. Gr. boylimi a, lit., ox hunger; boy^s ox + limo s hunger: cf. F. boulimie.] 1. (Med.) A disease in which there is a perpetual and insatiable appetite for food; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bulimia — Bu*lim i*a (b[u^]*l[i^]m [i^]*[.a]), Bulimy Bu li*my, n. [NL. bulimia, fr. Gr. boylimi a, lit., ox hunger; boy^s ox + limo s hunger: cf. F. boulimie.] 1. (Med.) A disease in which there is a perpetual and insatiable appetite for food; a diseased… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bulimia nervosa — Bulimia Bu*lim i*a (b[u^]*l[i^]m [i^]*[.a]), Bulimy Bu li*my, n. [NL. bulimia, fr. Gr. boylimi a, lit., ox hunger; boy^s ox + limo s hunger: cf. F. boulimie.] 1. (Med.) A disease in which there is a perpetual and insatiable appetite for food; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bulimus — Bu*li mus (b[ u]*l[imac] m[u^]s), n. [L. bulimus hunger. See {Bulimy}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of land snails having an elongated spiral shell, often of large size. The species are numerous and abundant in tropical America. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Charles Domery — (c. 1778 – after 1800), also known as Charles Domerz, was a Polish soldier, noted for his unusually large appetite. Serving in the Prussian Army against France during the War of the First Coalition, he found that the rations of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Домери, Шарль — Шарль Домери Charles Domery Имя при рождении: Кароль (?) Домеж Род деятельности: солдат Дата рождения: 1778 (?) …   Википедия

  • bulimia — [19] The condition now called ‘bulimia’ – in which bouts of overeating are followed by bouts of purging – was recognized and so named in the 1970s. The word used to name it, however, is much more ancient than that. It goes back to Greek boulimia …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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