polydipsia

noun
poly·​dip·​sia | \ˌpä-lē-ˈdip-sē-ə \

Definition of polydipsia 

: excessive or abnormal thirst

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Other Words from polydipsia

polydipsic \ˌpä-​lē-​ˈdip-​sik \ adjective

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Though dying from drinking too much fluid might sound like a freak accident, polydipsia is not uncommon in psychiatric hospitals like Springfield. Emily Woodruff, baltimoresun.com, "Day passes for vulnerable patients of psychiatric hospitals can have dangerous, even fatal consequences," 9 June 2017 Among patients with schizophrenia, those with severe polydipsia have a 75 percent chance of dying before patients without the compulsion to drink water, according to another study published in 2009 in Schizophrenia Research. Emily Woodruff, baltimoresun.com, "Day passes for vulnerable patients of psychiatric hospitals can have dangerous, even fatal consequences," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of polydipsia

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polydipsia

New Latin, from poly- + Greek dipsa thirst

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polydipsia

noun
poly·​dip·​sia | \ˌpäl-i-ˈdip-sē-ə \

Medical Definition of polydipsia 

: excessive or abnormal thirst

Other Words from polydipsia

polydipsic \-​sik \ adjective

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