Definitions for picaˈpaɪ kə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a 12-point type of a size between small pica and English.
the depth of this type size as a unit of linear measurement for type, pages containing type, etc.; one sixth of an inch.
a 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch.
Ref: Compare elite (def. 4) 4
Origin of pica:
1580–90; appar. < ML pīca collection of church rules, lit., pie2 , on the model of other type sizes, as brevier and canon, orig. used in printing liturgical books
an abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat, as chalk or clay.
Origin of pica:
1555–65; < NL, figurative use of L pīca jay, magpie , with ref. to its omnivorous feeding
an eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently
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a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing
Pica, genus Pica(noun)
the genus that includes the magpies
a vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia
a service-book. See Pie
a size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English
Pica is characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive, such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand. For these actions to be considered pica, they must persist for more than one month at an age where eating such objects is considered developmentally inappropriate. There are different variations of pica, as it can be from a cultural tradition, acquired taste or a neurological mechanism such as an iron deficiency, or chemical imbalance. It can lead to intoxication in children which can result in an impairment in both physical and mental development. In addition, it can also lead to surgical emergencies due to an intestinal obstruction as well as more subtle symptoms such as nutritional deficiencies and parasitosis. Pica has been linked to mental disorders and they often have psychotic comorbidity. Stressors such as maternal deprivation, family issues, parental neglect, pregnancy, poverty, and a disorganized family structure are strongly linked to pica. Pica is more commonly seen in women and children, where it affects people of all ages in these subgroups. Particularly it is seen in pregnant women, small children, and those with developmental disabilities such as autism. Children eating painted plaster containing lead may suffer brain damage from lead poisoning. There is a similar risk from eating dirt near roads that existed prior to the phaseout of tetraethyllead in petrol or prior to the cessation of the use of contaminated oil to settle dust. In addition to poisoning, there is also a much greater risk of gastro-intestinal obstruction or tearing in the stomach. Another risk of dirt-eating is the ingestion of animal feces and accompanying parasites. Pica can also be found in other animals and is most commonly found in dogs.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The persistent eating of nonnutritive substances for a period of at least one month. (DSM-IV)
Translations for pica
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a flat piece of dough spread with tomato, cheese etc and baked.
- بِيتْزه، فطيرَه إيطاليَّهArabic
- pizzaPortuguese (BR)
- die PizzaGerman
- पिज्जा, एक इतालवी व्यंजनHindi
- (意大利式)比薩餅Chinese (Trad.)
- món pizaVietnamese
- （意大利式）比萨饼Chinese (Simp.)
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