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)

chthonophagia, chthonophagy
Eating earth; rarely used terms for geophagia, geophagy.
circumesophagal (adjective), more circumesophagal, most circumesophagal
In zoology, relating to the surrounding of the esophagus; a reference to the nerve commissures and ganglia of arthropods and mollusks.
coniophage
Macrophage that ingests dust particles.

A macrophage refers to any of the many forms of mononuclear phagocytes (any cell capable of ingesting particulate matter or particles) found in tissues.

coprophagous, coprophagia, coprophagy
The eating of excrement or dung (feces); said especially of dung beetles, chickens, etc.
A dung beetle is one example of a coprophagous cosumer.
A coprophagous (dung) beetle is doing its part to clean up the grazing area of animal waste.
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creophage
Eating, or consuming, carnivorous meals.
creophagic
1. A reference to eating flesh; the use of flesh as food.
2. Descriptive of being carnivorous; applied to insectivorous plants.
creophagism
1. Consuming meat for food.
2. Carnivorousness; flesh-eating.
creophagist
Someone who eats flesh (meat) as food.
creophagous
A reference to the eating of a meat diet.
creophagy
The consumption of a carnivorous (meat) diet.
cytophagocytosis
The ingestion of cells by phagocytes (cells that ingest microorganisms and other particulate antigens).
cytophagous, cytophagy
Devouring of other cells by phagocytes; that is, the absorption of cells by other cells.
dendrophage
Eating or devouring trees.
dendrophagous, dendrophagus
Feeding mainly on trees.
detriophage (verb), detriophages; detriophaged; detriophaging
To eat fragmented particulates or very small pieces, or particles, of organic matter: Some species exist by detriophaging decomposed plant and animal remains or organic debris.

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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