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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; < Neo-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 polyphagic

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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polyphagic in Medicine

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

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