Definition of Geophagia

1. Noun. Eating earth, clay, chalk; occurs in some primitive tribes, sometimes in cases of nutritional deficiency or obsessive behavior.

Exact synonyms: Geophagy
Generic synonyms: Pica



Definition of Geophagia

1. Noun. Consumption of clay, chalk or dirt. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Geophagia

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Medical Definition of Geophagia

1. Geophagismgeophagy The practice of eating dirt or clay. Synonym: dirt-eating, earth-eating. Origin: Geo-+ G. Phago, to eat (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Geophagia

geomorphologist
geomorphologists
geomorphology
geomyoid
geon
geoneutrino
geoneutrinos
geons
geonym
geopark
geoparticle
geopathic
geopathology
geophage
geophages
geophagia (current term)
geophagias
geophagies
geophagism
geophagist
geophagists
geophagous
geophagy
geophila
geophilia
geophilic
geophilosopher
geophilosophers
geophilosophical
geophilosophically

Literary usage of Geophagia

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1. The Principles of Hygiene: A Practical Manual for Students, Physicians, and by David Hendricks Bergey (1921)
""Depraved tastes for substances not possessed of alimentary quali ties (pica and geophagia)are not to be yielded to. This rule regards the prevention from ..."

2. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"Pica behavior is the deliberate ingestion of nonfood items including soil (geophagia). Children with soil pica routinely ingest 5 g of soil per day with 20 ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"The disease has been described under various names : tropical chlorosis, Egyptian chlorosis, geophagia ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Dirt and clay eating (geophagia) exists not only among savages, but also in certain sections of the civilized world, mainly among the lower classes, ..."

5. Ilios: The City and Country of the Trojans: the Results of Researches and by Heinrich Schliemann (1880)
"Finally, a case of particular interest to mo was that of a little boy with geophagia. He was a child seven years old, with a somewhat bloated thick face. ..."

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