[ pol-ee-fey-jee-uh, -juh ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈfeɪ dʒi ə, -dʒə /
Pathology. excessive desire to eat.
Zoology. the habit of subsisting on many different kinds of food.
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OTHER WORDS FROM polyphagiapol·y·pha·gi·an, noun, adjectivepo·lyph·a·gist [puh-lif-uh-jist], /pəˈlɪf ə dʒɪst/, nounpo·lyph·a·gous [puh-lif-uh-guhs], /pəˈlɪf ə gəs/, pol·y·phag·ic [pol-ee-faj-ik, -fey-jik], /ˌpɒl iˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/, adjective
Words nearby polyphagia
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Example sentences 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
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈfeɪdʒə) /
- 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 of polyphagiapolyphagous (pəˈlɪfəɡəs), adjective
Word Origin for polyphagia
C17: New Latin, from Greek, from poluphagos eating much; see poly-, -phagy
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Medical definitions for polyphagia
[ pŏl′ē-fā′jə ]
Excessive eating; gluttony.
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