One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormally great thirst as a symptom of disease (such as diabetes) or psychological disturbance.
thirstiness, drynessView synonyms
- ‘He reported classic symptoms of diabetes, including polydipsia, polyuria, fatigue, hunger, nausea, and vomiting.’
- ‘Patients usually present during the first year of life with polyuria, polydipsia, dehydration, acidosis, and failure to thrive.’
- ‘The most important renal effects are polydipsia and polyuria resulting from nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, and nephrolithiasis resulting from hypercalciuria.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek poludipsios ‘very thirsty’, poludipsos ‘causing great thirst’, based on dipsa ‘thirst’.
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