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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hi'po-dip'se-a

Definition: A physiologic condition, perhaps caused by hypertonicity of body fluids, insufficient to initiate drinking but at times sufficient to sustain drinking when started; loosely, oligodipsia.

Synonym(s): insensible thirst, subliminal thirst

[hypo- + G. dipsa, thirst]

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