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n. 1. a desire to satisfy one's need for food most typically, but can refer to any other physiological need. Appetite is both innate or learned and therefore malleable to modification through experience. 2. a state of wanting or longing, which may lead one to search for satisfaction and result in a consummaiory response.

APPETITE: "A person had a large appetite meaning that he or she consumed large portions at each mealtime. "

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