[aw-rek-tik, oh-rek-]

adjective Philosophy.

of or relating to desire; appetitive.

Origin of orectic

1665–75; < Greek orektikós appetitive, equivalent to orekt(ós) stretched out, longed for (derivative of orégein to grasp for, desire) + -ikos -ic
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  • Associated words: desiderative, desideratum, orectic, optative.

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British Dictionary definitions for orectic



of or relating to the desires

Word Origin for orectic

C18: from Greek orektikos causing desire, from oregein to desire
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