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Munchausen syndrome

noun, Psychiatry.
1.
a factitious disorder in which otherwise healthy individuals seek to hospitalize themselves with feigned or self-induced pathology in order to receive surgical or other medical treatment.
Origin of Munchausen syndrome
1950-1955
1950-55; named after Baron von Münchhausen, whose fictionalized accounts of his own experiences suggest symptoms of the disorder
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Munchausen syndrome Mun·chau·sen syndrome or Munch·hau·sen syndrome (mŭn'chou'zən, mŭnch'hou'-, münKH'hou'-)
n.
A psychological disorder characterized by the repeated fabrication of disease symptoms for the purpose of gaining medical attention.

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