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polyphagia

[pol-ee-fey-jee-uh, -juh] /ˌpɒl iˈfeɪ dʒi ə, -dʒə/
noun
1.
Pathology. excessive desire to eat.
2.
Zoology. the habit of subsisting on many different kinds of food.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < New Latin < Greek polyphagía; see poly-, -phagy
Related forms
polyphagian, noun, adjective
polyphagist
[puh-lif-uh-jist] /pəˈlɪf ə dʒɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
polyphagous
[puh-lif-uh-guh s] /pəˈlɪf ə gəs/ (Show IPA),
polyphagic
[pol-ee-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /ˌpɒl iˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polyphagian

polyphagia

/ˌpɒlɪˈfeɪdʒə/
noun
1.
  1. an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a neurological disorder
  2. an insatiable appetite
2.
the habit of certain animals, esp certain insects, of feeding on many different types of food
Derived Forms
polyphagous (pəˈlɪfəɡəs) adjective
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Greek, from poluphagos eating much; see poly-, -phagy
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Word Origin and History for polyphagian

polyphagia

n.

1690s, "eating to excess," medical Latin, from Greek polyphagia "excess in eating," from polyphagos "eating to excess," from polys "much" (see poly-) + phagein "to eat" (see -phagous). Attested from 1890 in sense "feeding on various kinds of food." Nativized as polyphagy. Related: Polyphagic; polyphagous.

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polyphagian in Medicine

polyphagia pol·y·pha·gi·a (pŏl'ē-fā'jē-ə, -jə)
n.
Excessive eating; gluttony.

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