Does necrophagia apply only to consuming animal flesh, or also human flesh?

  • Curious to know what you found when you looked in a dictionary. – anongoodnurse Jun 29 '14 at 8:22
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    The New Oxford American Dictionary in my Mac had no entry. Dictionary.com vaguely stated "feeding on corpses". I suppose that applies to both human and animal—which I surmise means Brian is correct. – Timothy Jul 2 '14 at 13:08
  • Looks like he's your man! – anongoodnurse Jul 2 '14 at 13:10

Human flesh too, yes. OED s.v. necrophage:

An organism, esp. an insect, that feeds on dead bodies or tissue. Also in extended use.

And of course insects do feed on dead human flesh—hence maggot therapy and the profession of forensic entomologist.

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