One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An abnormally great desire for food; excessive eating.
greed, greediness, overeating, overconsumption, binge eating, gourmandism, gourmandizing, gluttonousness, voraciousness, voracity, wolfishness, insatiabilityView synonyms
- ‘Although hyperphagia is well documented during and prior to migration, it is not known whether it persists until birds reach their breeding grounds.’
- ‘Preparation for migration and for winter requires a period of hyperphagia and a laying down of fat reserves.’
- ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder patients tend to exhibit hyperphagia and carbohydrate cravings, symptoms typical of inadequate brain serotonin.’
- ‘Children with Prader-Willi syndrome show extreme hyperphagia and obsessive-compulsive behavior.’
- ‘Most juveniles do not undergo hyperphagia or rapid fattening at this wintering site.’
- ‘Cocaine withdrawal bears a striking similarity to the symptoms of depressive disorders, typically including exhaustion, hypersomnia, hyperphagia, depressed mood, as well as intermittent periods of cocaine craving.’
1940s: modern Latin, from hyper- + Greek phagia ‘eating’ (from phagein ‘eat’).
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