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geophagia

 [je″o-fa´jah]
the habit of eating clay or earth, a form of pica.

ge·o·pha·gi·a

, geophagismgeophagy (jē'ō-fā'jē-ă, jē-of'ă-jizm, -of'ă-jē),
The practice of eating dirt or clay.
Synonym(s): dirt-eating
[geo- + G. phagō, to eat]

geophagia

/geo·pha·gia/ (-fa´jah) the habitual eating of earth or clay, a form of pica.

geophagia

the practice of eating clay or dirt. A form of pica, the compulsion is thought by some to be associated with disorders of mineral balance. Some patients with pica have been found to suffer from an iron deficiency and respond to iron therapy. Red clay may be so rich in potassium that its ingestion can lead to hyperkalemia in individuals with renal failure.
The consumption of dirt—e.g., mud or clay—a former practice in many cultures, regionally extant in the southern US

ge·o·pha·gi·a

, geophagism , geophagy (jē'ŏ-fā'jē-ă, jē-of'ă-jizm, -of'ă-jē)
The practice of eating dirt or clay.
Synonym(s): dirt-eating.
[geo- + G. phagō, to eat]

Geophagia

The compulsive eating of earthy substances, including sand, soil, and clay.
Mentioned in: Pica

geophagia (gē·ō·fāˑ·zhē·),

n compulsive drive to eat dirt or clay. A type of pica, believed to be related to a mineral deficiency or imbalance.

ge·o·pha·gi·a

, geophagism , geophagy (jē'ŏ-fā'jē-ă, jē-of'ă-jizm, -of'ă-jē)
Eating dirt or clay.
[geo- + G. phagō, to eat]

geophagia, geophagism

the habit of eating clay or earth (soil); chthonophagia.
References in periodicals archive ?
Carpenter, "Observations on the Cachexia Africana, or the habit and effects of dirt-eating in the negro race," New Orleans Medical Journal 1 (1845): 154; and J.
Mason, "On Atrophia a Ventriculo (Mal d'Estomac), or Dirt-Eating," Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal 39 1833): 291.
On dirt-eating and suicide, see Imray, "Observations" 305, and Carpenter, "Observations" 156-57, although Carpenter dissents from the view (162, 166).