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Word! Polyphagia


Say: pah-lee-fay-zhuh

Someone with uncontrolled diabetes might feel really hungry and eat a lot.
Polyphagia is the medical word for eating very large amounts of food. A person
may feel extremely hungry because sugar is being passed out of the body in urine
instead of being used for energy. The person will eat a lot to make up for the
lost calories.