physogastry

noun
phy·​so·​gas·​try
variants: or less commonly physogastrism \ ˌ⸗⸗ˈgaˌstrizəm \
plural physogastries also physogastrisms

Definition of physogastry

: the condition (as of some termitophiles) of having the abdomen greatly distended — compare stenogastry

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History and Etymology for physogastry

physogastry International Scientific Vocabulary phys- + gastr- + -y; physogastrism from phys- + gastr- + -ism

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“Physogastry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physogastry. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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