Definition of hyperphagia in English:

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Pronunciation: /hʌɪpəˈfeɪdʒɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
An abnormally great desire for food; excessive eating.
Example sentences
  • Preparation for migration and for winter requires a period of hyperphagia and a laying down of fat reserves.
  • Although hyperphagia is well documented during and prior to migration, it is not known whether it persists until birds reach their breeding grounds.
  • Children with Prader-Willi syndrome show extreme hyperphagia and obsessive-compulsive behavior.


1940s: modern Latin, from hyper- + Greek phagia 'eating' (from phagein 'eat').

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