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Pronunciation: ap′ĕ-tīt

Definition: A desire or motive derived from a biologic or psychological need for food, water, sex, or affection; a desire or longing to satisfy any conscious physical or mental need.

Synonym(s): orexia2

[L. ad-peto, pp. -petitus, to seek after, desire]

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