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[suh-tahy-i-tee] /səˈtaɪ ɪ ti/
the state of being satiated; surfeit.
1525-35; < Latin satietās; replacing earlier sacietie < Middle French sacieté < Latin
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oversatiety, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for satiety


the state of being satiated
Word Origin
C16: from Latin satietās, from satis enough
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Word Origin and History for satiety

1530s, from Middle French satiété, from Latin satietatem (nominative satietas) "abundance, sufficiency, fullness," from satis "enough," from PIE root *sa- "to satisfy" (see sad).

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Encyclopedia Article for satiety

desire to limit further food intake, as after completing a satisfying meal. The hypothalamus, part of the central nervous system, regulates the amount of food desired. Eating is thought to increase the body temperature, and as the temperature in the hypothalamus rises, the process of feeding decreases. Satiety is reached long before the food is digested or absorbed. In humans a number of factors may be involved in limiting food consumption. The feeling of fullness caused by distention of the stomach can stop further eating. A large quantity of sugar in the bloodstream or a large amount of stored fat tissue may inhibit ingestion. Emotional or psychological factors also can cause or delay satiety; a person who is upset may be totally satisfied by only a few bites of food. People on diets can limit their food intake by refraining from eating before reaching satiety; the body may crave more nourishment, but the desire to eat more can be overruled.

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