Definition of polydipsia in English:

polydipsia

Line breaks: poly|dip¦sia
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒlɪˈdɪpsɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • Abnormally great thirst as a symptom of disease (such as diabetes) or psychological disturbance.
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    • He reported classic symptoms of diabetes, including polydipsia, polyuria, fatigue, hunger, nausea, and vomiting.
    • A history of diabetic symptoms such as polydipsia, polyuria and weight loss may sometimes, but not always, be present.
    • Any patient treated with atypical antipsychotics should be monitored for symptoms of hyperglycemia including polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, and weakness.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Greek poludipsios 'very thirsty', poludipsos 'causing great thirst', based on dipsa 'thirst'.

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