bu·li·mi·a (b-lēmē-ə, -lĭmē-ə, b-, by-)
1. An eating disorder characterized by episodic binge eating followed by feelings of shame, depression, and self-condemnation. It occurs chiefly in young women of normal and near-normal weight and is often associated with measures taken to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, or using laxatives. Also called bulimarexia, bulimia nervosa.
2. Excessive or insatiable appetite.
[New Latin būlīmia, from Greek boulīmiā : bous, ox; see gwou- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + līmos, hunger.]
bu·limic adj. & n.
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