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bulimia Line breaks: bu|limia
Pronunciation: /bjʊˈlɪmɪə/
/bʊˈlɪmɪə/
(also bulimia nervosa)

Definition of bulimia in English:

noun

[mass noun]
An emotional disorder characterized by a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by fasting or self-induced vomiting or purging.
Example sentences
  • These disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
  • The American Psychiatric Association characterizes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa as biopsychosocial disorders that result in distortions in self-image and self-perception.
  • Currently, 30 percent of Americans are obese, compared with the 4 percent who meet criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder.

Origin

Late Middle English (as bolisme, later bulimy): modern Latin, or from medieval Latin bolismos, from Greek boulimia 'ravenous hunger', from bous 'ox' + limos 'hunger'.

Words that rhyme with bulimia

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