Do You Know What Is Pica?

Q:
Do you know what is pica?

A:
Pica is a psychological disorder. People with pica have an appetite for substances with no nutritional value, such as dirt, ice or glass. And they have persisted in eating them for a long time, at least one month.

According to different substances eaten, pica can be classified into:

  • Acuphagia (sharp objects)
  • Amylophagia (starch)
  • Cautopyreiophagia (burnt matches)
  • Coniophagia (dust)
  • Coprophagia (feces)
  • Emetophagia (vomit)
  • Geomelophagia (raw potatoes)
  • Geophagia (dirt, soil, clay)
  • Hyalophagia (glass)
  • Lithophagia (stones)
  • Mucophagia (mucus)
  • Pagophagia (ice)
  • Plumbophagia (lead)
  • Trichophagia (hair, wool, and other fibers)
  • Urophagia (urine)
  • Hematophagia (Vampirism) (blood)
  • Xylophagia (wood, or derivates of wood such as paper)

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