intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
material or chemical attraction or affinity.
Also, appetency.

1600–10; appete (obsolete) to seek for, long for (< Latin appetere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + petere to seek) + -ence; or < French appétence

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appetence or appetency (ˈæpɪtəns)
n , pl -tences, -tencies
1.  a natural craving or desire
2.  a natural or instinctive inclination
3.  an attraction or affinity
[C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave]
appetency or appetency
[C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave]

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Word Origin & History

"strong desire," c.1600, from Fr. appétence "desire," from L. appetentia "longing after something," noun of state from appetentem (nom. appetens), prp. of appetere, from ad "to" + petere "to seek, request" (see petition).
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No differences were observed in weight gain and appetence between the medicated and non-medicated groups.
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