geophagy


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geophagia

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

geophagy

(jē-ŏf′ə-jē)
n.
The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons.

ge·oph′a·gism n.
ge·oph′a·gist n.
The consumption of dirt—e.g., mud or clay—a former practice in many cultures, regionally extant in the southern US

geophagy

Clay-eating The consumption of dirt–eg, 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]

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]
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Soils with even small amounts of sodium have been repeatedly positively correlated with geophagy in some South and North American vertebrates (Emmons and Stark.
Detoxification and mineral supplementation as functions of geophagy. Am J Clin Nutr 1991;53(2):448-456.
[41.] Krishnamani R and WC Mahaney Geophagy among primates: adaptive significance and ecological consequences.
Several studies on vertebrate geophagy have found seasonal variation in the use of mineral licks (Jones and Hanson, 1985; Atwood and Weeks, 2003).
See, for example, Halsted "Geophagy in Man," and "Earth Eating and Anaemia," Lancet (April 18, 1970): 826.
Rowland, Michael J 2002 'Geophagy: An assessment of implications for the development of Australian Indigenous plant processing technologies', Australian Aboriginal Studies 2002/1:50-64.
Geophagy by large mammals at natural licks in the rain forest of Dzanga National Park, Central African Republic.
Browman DL, Gundersen JN (1993) Altiplano coinestible earths: pre-historic and historic geophagy of highland Peru and Bolivia.
In a practice known as geophagy, the earth is also ingested directly or mixed with water and drunk.
Geophagy, the active consumption of soil, by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) has produced extensive cratering in roadside soils at several locations along paved roads in Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County in eastern Ohio.
Known as "geophagy", the consumption of clay is not as odd as it sounds.
berlandieri exhibiting geophagy during direct observations and radiography.