pagophagia

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pagophagia

 [pag″o-fa´jah]
the habit of eating large amounts of ice, a form of pica sometimes linked to iron deficiency.

pa·go·pha·gi·a

(pā'gō-fā'jē-ă),
Compulsive and repeated ingestion of ice; sometimes associated with iron-deficiency anemia.
[G. pagos, frost, + phagō, to eat]

pagophagia

(păg′ə-fā′jə)
n.
A craving to eat ice, often associated with anemia resulting from iron deficiency.

pagophagia

[pā′gōfā′jē·ə]
Etymology: Gk, pagos, frost, phagein, to eat
an abnormal condition characterized by a craving to eat enormous quantities of ice. It is associated with a lack of the nutrient iron. pagophagic, pagophagous, adj.

pa·go·pha·gi·a

(pāg'ō-fā'jē-ă)
The compulsive eating of ice, often a symptom of iron deficiency.
[G. pagos, frost, + phagō, to eat]

Pagophagia

The compulsive eating of ice.
Mentioned in: Pica
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This year, Dakota Dental encourages eliminating the bad habits of treating teeth like tools, chewing ice, and biting inedible objects.
2012), craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia (American Pregnancy Association, 2011).
3) I personally have witnessed a close family member with severe iron-deficiency anemia incessantly chewing Ice cubes: what initially appeared as just an oral habit was confirmed by a hemoglobin lab result to be pica.