noun[mass noun] Medicine & Zoology
- Excessive eating or appetite, especially as a symptom of disease: the patient manifests symptoms of polyphagiaMore example sentences
- In children, polyphagia commonly results from type 1 diabetes.
- 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.
late 17th century: late Latin , from poly- + Greek phagia 'eating' (from phagein 'eat').