A morbid craving for starch. SYN: starch-eating. [amylo- + G. phago, to eat]

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am·y·lo·pha·gia (am″ə-lo-faґjə) [amylo- + -phagia] the habit of eating starch, such as laundry starch, a form of pica.

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