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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