[ muhn-chou-zuhn sin-drohm, muhnch-hou-zuhn ]
/ ˈmʌnˌtʃaʊ zən ˌsɪn droʊm, ˈmʌntʃˌhaʊ zən /
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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See also Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Origin of Munchausen syndrome
1950–55; named after Baron von Münchhausen, whose fictionalized accounts of his own experiences suggest symptoms of the disorder
Words nearby Munchausen syndrome
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Medical definitions for Munchausen syndrome
A psychological disorder characterized by the repeated fabrication of disease symptoms for the purpose of gaining medical attention.
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