Munchausen syndrome

[ muhn-chou-zuhn sin-drohm, muhnch-hou-zuhn ]
/ ˈmʌnˌtʃaʊ zən ˌsɪn droʊm, ˈmʌntʃˌhaʊ zən /

noun Psychiatry.

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

1950–55; named after Baron von Münchhausen, whose fictionalized accounts of his own experiences suggest symptoms of the disorder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Medical definitions for Munchausen syndrome

Munchausen syndrome


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