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coprophagy, coprophagia

feeding on excrement, as certain beetles. — coprophagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
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Noun1.coprophagia - eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
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For farm dogs and dogs in rural areas, the benefits of eating manure probably outweigh the risks, but coprophagia (a dog's habit of eating its own stool or that of other dogs) can cause problems.
Although coprophagia (the consumption of faeces) is often a behavioural problem in young dogs, it can also be a sign of a clinical disease, especially if Syd is quite sickly and gets diarrhoea.
However, coprophagia is generally frowned upon and disallowed by pet owners in developed areas of the world.
The book does particularly well to note this last context, reminding us how rapidly obscenity laws were changing during this period and how extreme the book's depictions of, for instance, Brigadier General Pudding's coprophagia and Colonel Blicero's sadistic Hansel-and-Gretel fantasy seemed at the time.
And yes, you will have to wade through fractured descriptions of polydrug abuse, coprophagia and general depravity before you get to sociological insights, but we of the Jenny Branch rather like that.
Homedes has been a professional Bach Flower Therapist since 1999, as well as a canine trainer, a combination that works well for describing the aggressiveness, separation anxiety, jealousy, coprophagia (eating feces), depression and sadness, stress, hyperactivity, and phobias that can challenge pet owners.
However, there is also a counter-tradition, a line of renegade artists who refuse to eat their peas, who defy proper dining etiquette, through displays of anorexia, bulimia, cannibalism, coprophagia, necrophagia, veganism, starvation, and other culinary aberrations.
Pica Terminology Term Nonfood substance Amylophagia Laundry starch Cautopyreiophagia Burnt matches Coprophagia Feces Foliophagia Dirt, sand, clay Lithophagia Rocks, pebbles, gravel Pagophagia Ice, freezer frost Plumbophagia Paint chips Trichophagia Hair
Several examples of pica include amylophagia (the consumption of starch), coprophagia (feces), geophagia (soil, clay, or chalk), hyalophagia (glass), pagophagia (pathological consumption of ice), trichophagia (hair or wool), urophagia (urine) and xylophagia (wood).
Clinical signs can include chronic diarrhea, increased appetite, polydipsia, coprophagia, pica, flatulence, and weight loss.