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purgingHematology The elimination of BM of a Pt with a malignant or nonmalignant lesion requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; purging may be effected with cytotoxic chemotherapeutics, radiation, or by experimental immunologic methods Psychiatry To eliminate by self-induced vomiting, a high volume of food eaten by a Pt with binge eating disorder. See Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, Eating disorder, Pharmacologic purging.
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The use of vomiting, diuretics, or laxatives to clear the stomach and intestines after a binge.
Mentioned in: Anorexia Nervosa
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