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Appetite Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    appetite n : a feeling of craving something; "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks [syn: appetency, appetence]
Appetite Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Appetite \Ap"pe*tite\, n. [OE. appetit, F. app['e]tit, fr. L. appetitus, fr. appetere to strive after, long for; ad + petere to seek. See Petition, and cf. Appetence.]
  1. The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind. The object of appetite it whatsoever sensible good may be wished for; the object of will is that good which reason does lead us to seek. --Hooker.
  2. Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger. Men must have appetite before they will eat. --Buckle.
  3. Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing. It God had given to eagles an appetite to swim. --Jer. Taylor. To gratify the vulgar appetite for the marvelous. --Macaulay.
  4. Tendency; appetency. [Obs.] In all bodies there as an appetite of union. --Bacon.
  5. The thing desired. [Obs.] Power being the natural appetite of princes. --Swift. Note: In old authors, appetite is followed by to or of, but regularly it should be followed by for before the object; as, an appetite for pleasure. Syn: Craving; longing; desire; appetency; passion.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Appetite'


The appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. Appetite exists in all higher life-forms, and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain metabolic needs. It is regulated by a close interplay between the digestive tract, adipose tissue and the brain. Decreased desire to eat is termed anorexia, while polyphagia (or "hyperphagia") is increased eating. Dysregulation of appetite contributes to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, cachexia, overeating, and binge eating disorder.

The regulation of appetite (the appestat) has been the subject of much research in the last decade. Breakthroughs included the discovery, in 1994, of leptin, a hormone that appeared to provide negative feedback. Later studies showed that appetite regulation is an immensely complex process involving the gastrointestinal tract, many hormones, and both the central and autonomic nervous systems.

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* Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. - Ronald Reagan

* Nurture an appetite for being puzzled, for being confused, indeed for being openly stupid, and that - despite what you may think - is very difficult...We all know the cliche' that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It is also true that a lot of knowledge can be a dangerous thing as well...use your ignorance as well as your knowledge for creative means. - Lee C. Bollinger

* Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own. - Sir Richard Francis Burton


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  • 5 Healthy Habits That Regulate Your Appetite
    I wish I could wave a magic wand to make it all better, which of course I can’t. But what I can do is offer some tried and true advice to effectively rein in appetite and help regain a sense of balance. The five strategies below are tops for doing just that, and each also has the power to enhance your overall health. Win-win! Read more on this news related to 'Appetite'
  • Big appetite for Georgie Pie
    Kiwis love their pies and the resurgence of Georgie Pie has proved this, with over 3 million consumed since their re-launch 12 months ago. Read more on this news related to 'Appetite'
  • CANADA FX DEBT-C$ little changed as Ukraine, Gaza crises cut risk appetite
    * Canadian dollar at C$1.0730 or 93.20 U.S. cents * Bond yields mostly down, 10-year at lowest in a year (Adds details, quotes, updates prices) By Leah Schnurr TORONTO, July 21 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar was little changed against the greenback on Monday, hemmed in by a lack of risk appetite in global markets as fighting flared in Ukraine and hostilities cont Read more on this news related to 'Appetite'

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