SignSymptom infobox
Name = Polyphagia
ICD10 = ICD10|R|63|2|r|50
ICD9 = ICD9|783.6
Polyphagia is a compound word which literally means "eating too much." It derives from the Greek words πολύ (poli) which means "very much", and φαΐ (fai) which means "food".

In medicine, polyphagia (sometimes known as hyperphagia) is a medical sign meaning excessive hunger and abnormally large (poly-) intake of solids by mouth.

ee also

* Hunger
* Eating disorder
* Polydipsia
* Anorexia
* Prader-Willi Syndrome
* Diabetes Mellitus


External links

* [http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/excessive_hunger.htm Diseases and conditions associated with Polyphagia]

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  • polyphagia — (n.) 1690s, eating to excess, Modern Latin, from Gk. polyphagia, from polyphagos eating to excess; see POLY (Cf. poly ) + PHAGOUS (Cf. phagous). Attested from 1890 in sense feeding on various kinds of food …   Etymology dictionary

  • polyphagia — [päl΄i fā′jə, päl΄i fā′jē ə] n. [ModL < Gr < poly , POLY + phagein, to eat: see PHAGOUS] 1. excessive desire for food 2. the eating of or subsistence on many kinds of food polyphagous [pə lif′ə gəs] adj …   English World dictionary

  • polyphagia — noun Etymology: Greek polyphagia, from polyphagos Date: circa 1693 excessive appetite or eating …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polyphagia — polyphagian, n., adj. polyphagist /peuh lif euh jist/, n. polyphagous /peuh lif euh geuhs/, polyphagic /pol ee faj ik, fay jik/, adj. /pol ee fay jee euh, jeuh/, n. 1. Pathol. excessive desire to eat. 2. Zool. the habit of subsisting on many… …   Universalium

  • polyphagia — pol•y•pha•gi•a [[t]ˌpɒl iˈfeɪ dʒi ə, dʒə[/t]] n. pat excessive desire to eat • Etymology: 1685–95; < NL < Gk 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,… …   From formal English to slang

  • polyphagia — noun a) An excessive appetite for food b) The eating of many different types of food …   Wiktionary

  • polyphagia — Excessive eating; gluttony. [poly + G. phago, to eat] * * * poly·pha·gia fā j(ē )ə n excessive appetite or eating compare HYPERPHAGIA * * * n. gluttonous excessive eating. * * * poly·pha·gia (pol″e faґjə) [poly + phagia] excessive… …   Medical dictionary

  • polyphagia — pÉ‘lɪ feɪdÊ’É™ / pÉ’l n. strong desire to eat; excessive need to eat; practice of feeding on many types of food (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polyphagia — [ˌpɒlɪ feɪdʒə] noun Zoology the eating of various or all kinds of food. Derivatives polyphagous adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • polyphagia — poly·pha·gia …   English syllables