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 (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.


1. (Pathology)
a. an abnormal desire to consume excessive amounts of food, esp as the result of a neurological disorder
b. an insatiable appetite
2. (Zoology) the habit of certain animals, esp certain insects, of feeding on many different types of food
[C17: New Latin, from Greek, from poluphagos eating much; see poly-, -phagy]
polyphagous adj


(ˌpɒl iˈfeɪ dʒi ə, -dʒə)

excessive desire to eat.
[1685–95; < New Latin < Greek 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, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk) adj.

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