Marie of Romania (miss_daizy) wrote in 1word1day,
Marie of Romania

pagophagia [pā′gōfā′jē·ə]
pagophagic, pagophagous, adj

An abnormal condition characterized by a compulsive and repetitive craving to eat enormous quantities of ice. It is associated with a lack of the nutrient iron. Common in pregnancy. A form of pica (an abnormal desire to eat substances not normally eaten)

Etymology: Gk, pagos, frost, phagein, to eat


I'm so grateful that the form of pica I experienced during my pregnancy was pagophagia or the phrase "Eat dirt" would have taken on a whole new meaning.

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