Examples from the Web for polyphagia
A Greek prefix for much or many, ex: polyphagia, excessive eating.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
Polyphagia may therefore be a result as well as a cause of dilatation of the stomach.
British Dictionary definitions for polyphagia
- an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a neurological disorder
- an insatiable appetite
Word Origin for polyphagia
Word Origin and History for polyphagia
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.