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geophagia

 [je″o-fa´jah]
the habit of eating clay or earth, a form of pica.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
The consumption of dirt—e.g., mud or clay—a former practice in many cultures, regionally extant in the southern US
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Geophagia

The compulsive eating of earthy substances, including sand, soil, and clay.
Mentioned in: Pica
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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