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the habit of eating starch, such as laundry starch, a form of pica.
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A morbid craving for starch.
Synonym(s): starch-eating
[amylo- + G. phagō, to eat]
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The compulsive eating of purified starch, typically cornstarch or laundry starch.
Mentioned in: Pica
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