Definition of hyperphagia in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • An abnormally great desire for food; excessive eating.

    • ‘Although hyperphagia is well documented during and prior to migration, it is not known whether it persists until birds reach their breeding grounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most juveniles do not undergo hyperphagia or rapid fattening at this wintering site.’
    • ‘Children with Prader-Willi syndrome show extreme hyperphagia and obsessive-compulsive behavior.’
    greed, greediness, overeating, overconsumption, binge eating, gourmandism, gourmandizing, gluttonousness, voraciousness, voracity, wolfishness, insatiability
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1940s: modern Latin, from hyper- + Greek phagia ‘eating’ (from phagein ‘eat’).