One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounZoology Medicine
Excessive eating or appetite, especially as a symptom of disease.‘the patient manifests symptoms of polyphagia’
greed, greediness, overeating, overconsumption, binge eating, gourmandism, gourmandizing, gluttonousness, voraciousness, voracity, wolfishness, insatiabilityView synonyms
- ‘The polyphagia is not well understood, but the failure of carbohydrate metabolism may lead to excessive desire to replenish energy sources.’
- ‘Polyphagia may be psychological, physiological or pathological in origin.’
- ‘It leads to such symptoms as polyphagia, a red tongue with a yellow coat, and a slippery, forceful, rapid pulse.’
- ‘These herbs suppress appetite to relieve polyphagia.’
- ‘In children, polyphagia commonly results from type 1 diabetes.’
Late 17th century: late Latin, from poly- + Greek phagia ‘eating’ (from phagein ‘eat’).
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