dipso-, -dipsia, -dipsy, -dipsias +

(Greek: thirst, thirsty [toward "drink"])

An abnormally intense thirst.
1. Treatment by a strict limitation of the amount of water to be ingested.
2. Treatment of certain diseases by abstention, as far as possible, from liquids.
1. Difficulty in swallowing liquids; dysphagia for liquids.
2. Difficulty in drinking.
1. A normal thirst.
2. Ordinary or mild thirst.
hydroadipsia (s) (noun) (no pl)
The absence of thirst for water: Some elderly people have developed hydroadipsia and must be reminded to drink a glass of water quite often in order not to become dehydrated!
A craving for water.
An epileptic condition characterized by attacks of uncontrollable or insatiable thirst.
1. An intense thirst for a relatively brief period.
2. Intense thirst that is relatively temporary.
A description of someone who has an intense thirst and consequently an increased consumption of liquids.
A diminished thirst with a consequential reduction of fluid intake.
A lack of thirst and a reduction of fluid consumption.
paradipsia (s) (noun) (no pl)
An abnormal appetite for fluids, ingested without relation to bodily needs: Jack had an extraordinary or exceptional desire for drinking fluids, like soft drinks and water, without it being necessary at all!
phobodipsia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An excessive fear of drinking: Dr. Schmidt's patient, suffering from phobodipsia, was certainly thirsty, but was terrified of swallowing liquids, especially the medicine which she thought contained alcohol.
pollakidipsia, pollacidipsia
1. An abnormal condition in which thirst occurs with excessive frequency.
2. A condition characterized by an abnormally frequent occurrence of the sensation of thirst.
A reference to a chronic excessive thirst and intake of fluids.

It may be descriptive of an organic cause; such as, the dehydration of diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, or a reaction to a medication, or it could be caused by some kind of psychological condition.

Related "drink" units: bib-; haust-; nectar-; poto-.