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appetence

[ap-i-tuh ns] /ˈæp ɪ təns/
noun
1.
intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
2.
instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
3.
material or chemical attraction or affinity.
Also, appetency.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; appete (obsolete) to seek for, long for (< Latin appetere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + petere to seek) + -ence; or < French appétence
Related forms
appetent, adjective
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  • No differences were observed in weight gain and appetence between the medicated and non-medicated groups.
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appetence

/ˈæpɪtəns/
noun (pl) -tences, -tencies
1.
a natural craving or desire
2.
a natural or instinctive inclination
3.
an attraction or affinity
Word Origin
C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave
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Word Origin and History for appetence
n.

"strong desire," c.1600, from French appétence "desire," from Latin appetentia "longing after something," noun of state from appetentem (nominative appetens), present participle of appetere, from ad "to" (see ad-) + petere "to seek, request" (see petition (n.)).

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