hyperphagia

noun
hy·​per·​pha·​gia | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈfā-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce hyperphagia (audio) \

Definition of hyperphagia

: abnormally increased appetite for consumption of food frequently associated with injury to the hypothalamus

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Other Words from hyperphagia

hyperphagic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈfa-​jik How to pronounce hyperphagic (audio) \ adjective

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Certainly there is an odd magic at work at Belarussian Xata, where, as the meal progresses, the food grows increasingly rich — a kind of homage to hyperphagia, the fattening period before hibernation — yet the spirit stays light. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Belarussian Xata, Hearty Fare to Keep the Spirits Light," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hyperphagia

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperphagia

New Latin

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The first known use of hyperphagia was in 1941

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hyperphagia

noun
hy·​per·​pha·​gia | \ -ˈfā-j(ē-)ə How to pronounce hyperphagia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperphagia

: abnormally increased appetite for food frequently associated with injury to the hypothalamus — compare polyphagia

Other Words from hyperphagia

hyperphagic \ -​ˈfaj-​ik How to pronounce hyperphagic (audio) \ adjective

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