Pica: Refers to cravings for substances other than foods including clay, dirt, sand, stones, pebbles, hair, feces, lead, laundry starch, vinyl gloves, plastic, pencil erasers, ice, fingernails, paper, paint chips, coal, chalk, wood, plaster, light bulbs, needles, string, cigarette butts, wire, and burnt matches. Pica is observed most frequently in children, commonly among individuals with developmental disabilities. Depending on the substances ingested, pica may have life-threatening consequences.
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