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noun[mass noun] Medicine & Zoology
Excessive eating or appetite, especially as a symptom of disease: the patient manifests symptoms of polyphagia
More example sentences
- The polyphagia is not well understood, but the failure of carbohydrate metabolism may lead to excessive desire to replenish energy sources.
- These herbs suppress appetite to relieve polyphagia.
- It leads to such symptoms as polyphagia, a red tongue with a yellow coat, and a slippery, forceful, rapid pulse.
Late 17th century: late Latin , from poly- + Greek phagia 'eating' (from phagein 'eat').
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