hy·​per·​pha·​gia | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈfā-j(ē-)ə \

Definition of hyperphagia

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from hyperphagia

hyperphagic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈfa-​jik \ adjective

Examples of hyperphagia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hyperphagia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of hyperphagia

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperphagia

New Latin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hyperphagia

Share hyperphagia

Statistics for hyperphagia

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hyperphagia

The first known use of hyperphagia was in 1941

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hyperphagia


hy·​per·​pha·​gia | \ -ˈfā-j(ē-)ə \

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 \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on hyperphagia

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hyperphagia

Comments on hyperphagia

What made you want to look up hyperphagia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


means, resources, or money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!