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excessive eating; see also bulimia.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Excessive eating; gluttony.
[poly- + G. phagō, to eat]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


(pŏl′ē-fā′jē-ə, -jə) or


1. An excessive or pathological desire to eat.
2. Zoology The habit of feeding on many different kinds of food.

pol′y·pha′gi·an adj.
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The consumption of a broad spectrum of foods.

Bulimia, see there.
Vox populi
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Excessive eating; gluttony.
[poly- + G. phagō, to eat]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The state of having an excessive or pathological desire to eat.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


Excessive eating; gluttony.
[poly- + G. phagō, to eat]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about polyphagia

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Q. Over-medication” for bipolar patients. Does anyone have any information on “over-medication” for bipolar patients? About any societies that is overdependence on drugs or medicines to treat bipolar disorder?

A. pharmaceutical drugs can be of great help when the disease breaks out. but in the moment that the person is again under control, you should find out the causes and cure them one after another. psychosis, schizophrenia, paranoia break out, because your emotional body can't keep all traumata anymore under control. the last body - the physical body will react out of control because too many emotions have not been assimilated in time. kineology is here of great help to analyse and eliminate one cause after another. detoxication is another thing which must be considered. healthy food - biological food, source water (still water) - each case needs individual help.

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A. Normally treatment of vitiligo may take a long time. So patient should be relax and hopeful to treat this skin condition.
While start any treatment one thing is very important that not be depressed and anxious because this is the factor which can increase in vitiligo.
Take care when go out in afternoon.
Maintain a well balance diet plan which you can easily find by any dermatologist.
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Patients with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus who present with signs and symptoms of the condition (polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, and weight loss) should be referred for medical consultation.
According to the patients' perception, majority of the patients were suffering from visual impairment (66%) followed by joint pains (54%), fatigue (50%), increased frequency of urination (47%), polyphagia (29%), and loss of appetite (24%) (Figure 3) despite being on treatment.
The animals then show severe hyperglycemia, glucosuria, polyphagia hyperlipidemia, polydipsia, and various other symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes [3, 33-35].
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disorder of impaired carbohydrates, fat, and protein metabolism, characterized by hyperglycemia, polyuria, polydipsia, weight loss, polyphagia, and glycosuria due to insulin deficiency.
Majority of T1DM cases (54.50%) at the time of diagnosis presented with symptoms of hyperglycaemia (polyuria, polyphagia, and polydipsia), 27.3% presented with Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and 18.2% presented with complaints of weight loss.
A 53-year-old man was admitted to the hospital due to a two-month history of polyphagia, polyuria, and polydipsia, and a 10-day history of severe limb numbness, fatigue, generalized weakness, dizziness, and bilateral blurry vision.
Nevertheless, the individuals analyzed by these authors were gathered in field, and one of the characteristics of coccinellids is polyphagia, therefore the pollen grains are alternative and/ or complementary food (Hoffmann and Fordsham, 1993; Iperti, 1999; Almeida and Ribeiro-Costa, 2009).
Polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia or anorexia, urinary incontinence or nocturia, weight loss, and diarrhea are other reported clinical manifestations (SCHULMAN, 2010).
The threshold level of fasting serum glucose to diagnose diabetes was taken as >200 mg/dl (11.5 mmol/dl) with other symptoms of diabetes mellitus such as polyphagia, polydipsia, polyuria, and weight loss were considered diabetic and only those animals were included in the study, rest are excluded from the study.
While the person with T2D may have the classic signs related to hyperglycemia more often seen in T1D (polyuria, polydipsia, and polyphagia), signs and symptoms of T2D are often more vague and may include fatigue, possible weight gain, frequent infections, sores that heal slowly, and frequent vaginal yeast infections in women.
As shown in Table 1, STZ-induced diabetic rats had obvious diabetic symptoms of hyperglycemia, polydipsia, polyphagia, and weight loss.
Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).