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Related to polyphagy: oligophagous, polyphagous, monophagous


 (pŏl′ē-fā′jē-ə, -jə) or po·lyph·a·gy (pə-lĭf′ə-jē)
1. An excessive or pathological desire to eat.
2. Zoology The habit of feeding on many different kinds of food.

pol′y·pha′gi·an adj.


Feeding on many different kinds of food: polyphagous predators.

po·lyph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.


1. (Medicine) med an insatiable appetite
2. (Zoology) zoology the practice of eating a variety of foods

polyphagia, polyphagy

1. a desire for all kinds of food.
2. Med. excessive or gluttonous consumption of food. — polyphagian, n.polyphagic, polyphagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
Pathology. excessive appetite or excessive eating.
See also: Disease and Illness
the tendency to eat a wide variety of food. — polyphagist, n.polyphagic, adj.
See also: Biology
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Polyphagy by egg parasitoids can favorably impact their suitability as control agents because alternate hosts may assist their permanence and population growth in the field (Correa-Ferreira 2002).
Polyphagy helps to sustain predators when pest density is low in agroecosystems, usually early in the season.
In view of its polyphagy, the introduction and establishment of P.
Despite its wide distribution, polyphagy and economic importance as potential pest of agricultural crops, morphological and biological descriptions are lacking in the Mexican scientific literature.