phago-, phag-, -phage, -phagi, -phagic, -phagically, -phagia, -phagism, -phagist, -phagic, -phagous, -phagy

(Greek: eat, eating; to consume, to ingest; relationship to eating or consumption by ingestion or engulfing)

phycophagic
A reference to the eating of seaweed or algae.
phyllophagan
A reference to a group of mammals containing the sloths which thrive primarily on leaves.
phyllophagous, phayllophage, phyllophagy
1. To feed on leaves.
2. A reference to plants that obtain nourishment from their leaves.
phytophagous, phytophage, phytophagy
Feeding on plants or on plant material.
Sheep provide and example of phytophagous consumption.
These sheep are prime examples of phytophagy.
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pleophagous, pleophage, pleophagy
1. Feeding on a variety of food substances or food species.
2. A reference to a parasite associated with a variety of hosts or several different hosts.
pneumophagia
The same as aerophagia; excessive swallowing (breathing in) of air, usually an unconscious process associated with anxiety, resulting in abdominal distention or belching, often interpreted by the patient as signs of a physical disorder, etc.
pollakiphagia, pollaciphagia
An abnormal frequency in eating.
pollenophagous
Refers to feeders on pollen produced by plant stamens.

Certain pollenophagous insects cause more severe damage by clearing a path to the stamens than by collecting pollen. Pollen constitutes an important food resource for numerous beneficial insects.

pollenophagous, pollenophage, pollenophagy
Feeding on pollen.
poltophagy
1. Ingesting porridge [an alteration of pottage; that is, cereal; such as, oatmeal, boiled until thick and usually eaten with milk] or pottage [a thick vegetable, or meat and vegetable soup or stew].
2. Thorough chewing of food.
polyphage
1. Excessive eating; gluttony; bulimia.
2. The habit on the part of certain animals of feeding on many different types of food.
polyphagist
Anyone who has an excessive appetite or who eats too much.
polyphagy
1. Eating many kinds of food or consuming a great variety of foods.
2. Excessive, compulsive, or a continuous desire to eat.
presbyesophagus
1. A condition characterized by alteration in motor function of the esophagus as a result of degenerative changes occurring with advancing age.
2. A disorder in the elderly characterized by altered motility of the esophagus.
protozoophage
A cell that has a phagocytic action on protozoa; that is, the ingestive action of phagocytes that are specialized cells that ingest and usually destroy foreign particulate matter or microorganisms.

Related "eat, eating" word units: brycho-; esculent-; esophago-; glutto-; vor-.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "food, nutrition, nourishment": alimento-; broma-; carno-; cibo-; esculent-; sitio-; tropho-; Eating Crawling Snacks; Eating: Carnivorous-Plant "Pets"; Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters; Eating: Omnivorous.


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