GEOPHAGY

This term describes the eating of dirt or clay. Seen in individuals with mental retardation, young children and occasionally pregnant women. Symptom of pica but in some cultures it is accepted practice.

GEOPHAGY: "Geophagy is the consuming of soil."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "GEOPHAGY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/geophagy/ (accessed July 22, 2018).
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