amylophagia


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amylophagia

 [am″ĭ-lo-fa´jah]
the habit of eating starch, such as laundry starch, a form of pica.

am·y·lo·pha·gi·a

(am'i-lō-fā'jē-ă),
A morbid craving for starch.
Synonym(s): starch-eating
[amylo- + G. phagō, to eat]

amylophagia

[am′əlo-f′jah]
the habit of eating starch, such as laundry starch, a form of pica.

Amylophagia

The compulsive eating of purified starch, typically cornstarch or laundry starch.
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Pica Terminology Term Nonfood substance Amylophagia Laundry starch Cautopyreiophagia Burnt matches Coprophagia Feces Foliophagia Dirt, sand, clay Lithophagia Rocks, pebbles, gravel Pagophagia Ice, freezer frost Plumbophagia Paint chips Trichophagia Hair
Several examples of pica include amylophagia (the consumption of starch), coprophagia (feces), geophagia (soil, clay, or chalk), hyalophagia (glass), pagophagia (pathological consumption of ice), trichophagia (hair or wool), urophagia (urine) and xylophagia (wood).