Definition of polyphagia in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɒlɪˈfeɪdʒɪə/

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[mass noun] Medicine & Zoology
Excessive eating or appetite, especially as a symptom of disease: the patient manifests symptoms of polyphagia
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  • 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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