Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The eating of the placenta: practised in certaiu parts of the Sudan.

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  • noun rare The feeding on placenta

Etymologies

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From placenta and the suffix -phagy (to feed on)

Examples

  • Ingesting the placenta is called placentophagy and though it's widely accepted around the world here in the United States it's gotten great skepticism.

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  • Ingesting the placenta is called placentophagy and though it's widely accepted around the world here in the United States it's gotten great skepticism.

    CBS 11 / TXA 21 - Dallas / Fort Worth's Source for Breaking News, Weather, and Sports

  • The thought of eating a human placenta may not immediately appeal to some readers, but the practice of placentophagy has been around about as long as placentas have.

    Missoula Independent

  • "Placenta Helper" was nixed before it saw the light of day, but has lived on in the lore of placentophagy.

    Missoula Independent

  • Other investigators are looking at possible immunological benefits of placentophagy.

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  • Other investigators are looking at possible immunological benefits of placentophagy.

    Missoula Independent

  • The thought of eating a human placenta may not immediately appeal to some readers, but the practice of placentophagy has been around about as long as placentas have.

    Missoula Independent

  • The thought of eating a human placenta may not immediately appeal to some readers, but the practice of placentophagy has been around about as long as placentas have.

    Missoula Independent

  • While some argue placentophagy is basically an act of cannibalism, many vegans think it's okay to eat one's own placenta, or a friend's placenta, because no animal died for the meat.

    Missoula Independent

  • If there are indeed health benefits to placentophagy it makes sense to spread them out over time, a la placenta pills.

    Missoula Independent

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  • The devouring of a placenta after childbirth. Discussed here. It really grosses me out!

    January 17, 2008