polydipsia

Excessive thirst that is relatively prolonged. [poly- + G. dipsa, thirst]
- hysterical p. SYN: psychogenic p..
- psychogenic p. excessive fluid consumption resulting from a disorder of the personality, without demonstrable organic lesion. SYN: hysterical p..
- psychogenic nocturnal p. (PNP) psychogenic nocturnal p. syndrome.

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poly·dip·sia .päl-i-'dip-sē-ə n excessive or abnormal thirst
poly·dip·sic -sik adj

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n.
abnormally intense thirst, leading to the drinking of large quantities of fluid. This is a symptom typical of diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus.

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poly·dip·sia (pol″e-dipґse-ə) [poly- + dipsia] chronic excessive thirst and intake of fluid; it may have an organic cause, such as the dehydration of diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, or a reaction to medication, or be of psychological origin. Cf. hyperdipsia.

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  • Polydipsia — Pol y*dip si*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. poly s much + ? thirst.] (Med.) Excessive and constant thirst occasioned by disease. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polydipsia — (n.) 1650s, from Gk. polydipsios very thirsty, from poly (see POLY (Cf. poly )) + dipsa thirst …   Etymology dictionary

  • Polydipsia — SignSymptom infobox Name = Polydipsia ICD10 = ICD10|R|63|1|r|50 ICD9 = ICD9|783.5 Polydipsia is a medical symptom in which the patient drinks abnormally large amounts of fluids. The word derives from the Greek πολυδιψία , the feminine of… …   Wikipedia

  • polydipsia — n. abnormally intense thirst, leading to the drinking of large quantities of fluid. This is a symptom typical of diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus but it can occur in the absence of any metabolic abnormality (psychogenic polydipsia). See… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • polydipsia — noun Etymology: New Latin, from poly + Greek dipsa thirst Date: 1660 excessive or abnormal thirst • polydipsic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polydipsia — /pol ee dip see euh/, n. Med. excessive thirst. [1650 60; < NL < Gk polydíps(ios) very thirsty (poly POLY + díps(a) thirst + ios adj. suffix) + ia IA] * * * …   Universalium

  • polydipsia — noun Excessive and constant thirst occasioned by disease …   Wiktionary

  • polydipsia — n. excessive thirst …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polydipsia — [ˌpɒlɪ dɪpsɪə] noun Medicine abnormally great thirst. Origin C17: from Gk poludipsios very thirsty , based on dipsa thirst …   English new terms dictionary

  • polydipsia — poly·dip·sia …   English syllables

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