geophagia


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geophagia

[‚jē·ə′fā·jə]
(zoology)
Soil ingestion by animals.
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The minerals in the geophagia clay soil found in the Cape Three Point region of West Africa were only sparingly acid extractable.
Vermeer DE and DA Frate Geophagia in rural Mississippi; Environmental and cultural context and nutritional implications.
Young SL, Goodman D, Farag T and SM Ali Geophagia is not associated with parasite transmission in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Hooda PS, Henry CJK, Seyoum TA, Armstrong LDM and MB Fowler The potential impact of geophagia on the bioavailability of iron, zinc and calcium in human nutrition.
Dreyer MJ, Chaushev PG and RF Gledhill Biochemical investigations in geophagia.
Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs were calculated using logistic regression to predict the sociodemographic characteristics and metal concentrations associated with geophagia.
Table 2 describes the univariate sociodemographic and pregnancyrelated factors associated with geophagia.
Women who practised geophagia were more likely to have been born outside SA (crude OR 2.
Table 3 shows the distribution of levels of lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic in the blood samples collected, while Table 4 summarises the blood metal distributions in relation to geophagia status.
In contrast, geophagia was seen in 5 of the 7 black patients with pica (71.
Pagophagia and geophagia have been reported to be the most common forms of pica, often depending on the subject's geographical origin.
Pagophagia and geophagia are particularly good indicators for iron deficiency, yet often go unrecognised.