Descriptor English: Pica
Descriptor Spanish: Pica
Descriptor pica
Entry term(s) geofagia
Scope note: Ingesta persistente de sustancias no nutritivas, al menos durante un mes.
Descriptor Portuguese: Pica
Descriptor French: Pica
Entry term(s): Allotriophagy
Tree number(s): C23.888.821.825
RDF Unique Identifier:
Scope note: The persistent eating of non-nutritive substances for a period of at least one month.
Allowable Qualifiers: BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CI chemically induced
CL classification
CO complications
DG diagnostic imaging
DH diet therapy
DI diagnosis
DT drug therapy
EC economics
EH ethnology
EN enzymology
EP epidemiology
ET etiology
GE genetics
HI history
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
MO mortality
NU nursing
PA pathology
PC prevention & control
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
PX psychology
RH rehabilitation
SU surgery
TH therapy
UR urine
VI virology
Previous Indexing: Appetite Disorders (1966-1967)
Public MeSH Note: 72
History Note: 72(68)
DeCS ID: 24289
Unique ID: D010842
NLM Classification: WM 175
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Date Established: 1972/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2016/07/01
Pica - Preferred
Concept UI M0016832
Scope note The persistent eating of non-nutritive substances for a period of at least one month.
Preferred term Pica
Allotriophagy - Related but not broader or narrower
Concept UI M0594259
Scope note An unusual desire or craving for abnormal foods.
Preferred term Allotriophagy
Geophagia - Narrower
Concept UI M0368530
Scope note Compulsive eating of dirt.
Preferred term Geophagia

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