Munchausen syndrome by proxy


noun

Psychiatry. a form of Munchausen syndrome in which a person induces or claims to observe a disease in another, usually a close relative, in order to attract the doctor's attention to herself or himself.

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Medical definitions for Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

n.

A psychiatric disorder in which a parent or other caregiver seeks attention from medical professionals by causing or fabricating signs or symptoms of illness in a child.
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