geophagy

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noun ge·oph·a·gy \jē-ˈä-fə-jē\

Definition of geophagy

  1. :  the practice of eating earthy substances (as clay) that in humans is performed especially to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet or as part of a cultural tradition — compare 1pica

Origin and Etymology of geophagy

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1850


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geophagy

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noun ge·oph·a·gy \-ə-jē-\

Medical Definition of geophagy

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geophagies

  1. :  the practice of eating earthy substances (as clay) that in humans is performed especially to augment a scanty or mineral-deficient diet or as part of a cultural tradition—called also earth eating; compare pica

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