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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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

        [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.

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: a disorder of eating seen among young women who go on eating
            binges and then feel guilt and depression and
            self-condemnation [syn: {binge-eating syndrome}]
       2: pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by
          brain lesions)

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