polyphagia [pol-ee- fey-jee- uh, -j uh] noun . Pathology excessive desire to eat. . Zoology the habit of subsisting on many different kinds of food. Origin of polyphagia 1685–95;
-phagy Related forms pol·y·pha·gi·an, noun, adjective po·lyph·a·gist , [p uh- lif- uh-jist] /pəˈlɪf ə dʒɪst/ noun po·lyph·a·gous , [p uh- lif- uh-g uh s] /pəˈlɪf ə gəs/ pol·y·phag·ic , [pol-ee- faj-ik, - fey-jik] /ˌpɒl iˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for polyphagia Historical Examples of polyphagia British Dictionary definitions for polyphagia noun an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a neurological disorder an insatiable appetite the habit of certain animals, esp certain insects, of feeding on many different types of food Derived Forms polyphagous ( pəˈlɪfəɡəs), adjective Word Origin for polyphagia
C17: New Latin, from Greek, from
poluphagos eating much; see poly-, -phagy
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Word Origin and History for 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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n. Excessive eating; gluttony.
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