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pica

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noun pi·ca \ˈpī-kə\

Medical Definition of pica

  1. :  an abnormal craving for and eating of substances (as chalk, ashes, or bones) not normally eaten that occurs in nutritional deficiency states (as aphosphorosis) in humans or animals or in some forms of mental illness—compare geophagy




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