polyphagia [päl΄i fā′jə, päl΄i fā′jē ə]
[ModL < Gr < poly-, POLY- + phagein, to eat: see -PHAGOUS]
1. excessive desire for food
2. the eating of or subsistence on many kinds of food
polyphagous [pə lif′ə gəs]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • polyphagia — (n.) 1690s, eating to excess, Modern Latin, from Gk. polyphagia, from polyphagos eating to excess; see POLY (Cf. poly ) + PHAGOUS (Cf. phagous). Attested from 1890 in sense feeding on various kinds of food …   Etymology dictionary

  • Polyphagia — SignSymptom infobox Name = Polyphagia ICD10 = ICD10|R|63|2|r|50 ICD9 = ICD9|783.6 Polyphagia is a compound word which literally means eating too much. It derives from the Greek words πολύ (poli) which means very much , and φαΐ (fai) which means… …   Wikipedia

  • polyphagia — noun Etymology: Greek polyphagia, from polyphagos Date: circa 1693 excessive appetite or eating …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polyphagia — polyphagian, n., adj. polyphagist /peuh lif euh jist/, n. polyphagous /peuh lif euh geuhs/, polyphagic /pol ee faj ik, fay jik/, adj. /pol ee fay jee euh, jeuh/, n. 1. Pathol. excessive desire to eat. 2. Zool. the habit of subsisting on many… …   Universalium

  • polyphagia — pol•y•pha•gi•a [[t]ˌpɒl iˈfeɪ dʒi ə, dʒə[/t]] n. pat excessive desire to eat • Etymology: 1685–95; < NL < Gk polyphagía; see poly , phagy pol y•pha′gi•an, n. adj. po•lyph•a•gist pəˈlɪf ə dʒɪst n. po•lyph′a•gous gəs pol y•phag′ic ˈfædʒ ɪk,… …   From formal English to slang

  • polyphagia — noun a) An excessive appetite for food b) The eating of many different types of food …   Wiktionary

  • polyphagia — Excessive eating; gluttony. [poly + G. phago, to eat] * * * poly·pha·gia fā j(ē )ə n excessive appetite or eating compare HYPERPHAGIA * * * n. gluttonous excessive eating. * * * poly·pha·gia (pol″e faґjə) [poly + phagia] excessive… …   Medical dictionary

  • polyphagia — pÉ‘lɪ feɪdÊ’É™ / pÉ’l n. strong desire to eat; excessive need to eat; practice of feeding on many types of food (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polyphagia — [ˌpɒlɪ feɪdʒə] noun Zoology the eating of various or all kinds of food. Derivatives polyphagous adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • polyphagia — poly·pha·gia …   English syllables