sa·​ti·​ety | \ sə-ˈtī-ə-tē also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce satiety (audio) \

Definition of satiety

1 : the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity : surfeit, fullness
2 : the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

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Is This History of satiety Enough?

You may have guessed that "satiety" is related to "satisfy," "satiate" (meaning "to satisfy fully or to excess"), or "sate" (which means "to glut" or "to satisfy to the full"). If so, you guessed right. "Satiety," along with the others, ultimately comes from the Latin word satis, which means "enough." English speakers apparently couldn’t get enough of "satis-" derived words in the 15th and 16th centuries, which is when all of these words entered the language. "Satiety" itself was borrowed into English in 1541 from the Middle French word satieté of the same meaning.

Examples of satiety in a Sentence

eating beyond the point of satiety

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Also include anti-inflammatory, satiety-inducing fats that are good for circulation, like avocado and avocado oil; extra virgin olive oil and olives; nuts; seeds; and nut/seed butters. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "The Zero Carb Diet May Be a Simple Way to Lose Weight—But Is It Safe?," 8 July 2019 The fiber present in the pear (and missing from the candy) can have several positive health effects, like regulating digestion, increasing feelings of satiety, and slowing the breakdown and absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Can Our Bodies Even Tell the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars?," 24 June 2019 There are tons of other outside factors that can affect your appetite, cravings, and feelings of satiety. Cory Stieg,, "Why It's Normal To Feel Less Hungry In The Summer," 13 June 2019 The foundation of the satiating diet consists of healthful foods that trigger satiety—or feelings of fullness and satisfaction. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, "Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks," 10 June 2019 The number one source of added sugar in the U.S. is beverages, which also do very little by way of satiety. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sugar Bad for You? Here's What You Need to Know," 26 Mar. 2019 The ketogenic state has been linked to increasing satiety hormones and decreasing hunger hormones — well-researched during the initial phase. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 And while a typical serving of oatmeal provides 4-6 grams of protein, adding higher protein ingredients can help bump up the satiety factor even more. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018 Her recipes aren't lacking in satiety or flavor, though, and her food photos will make even the most staunch carnivore want to give Meatless Monday a try. Christine Byrne, SELF, "15 of the Best Healthy Food Bloggers to Follow on Pinterest," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of satiety

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satiety

Middle French satieté, from Latin satietat-, satietas, from satis

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English Language Learners Definition of satiety

technical : a feeling or condition of being full after eating food


sa·​ti·​ety | \ sə-ˈtī-ət-ē also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ət-\
plural satieties

Medical Definition of satiety

: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity

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