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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.
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Origin of Munchausen syndrome

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 in Medicine

Munchausen syndrome

n.
  1. A psychological disorder characterized by the repeated fabrication of disease symptoms for the purpose of gaining medical attention.
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