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pseudocyesis

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noun pseu·do·cy·e·sis \-sī-ˈē-səs\

Definition of pseudocyesis

  1. :  a psychosomatic state that occurs without conception and is marked by some of the physical symptoms and changes in hormonal balance of pregnancy



Origin of pseudocyesis

New Latin, from pseud- + cyesis pregnancy, from Greek kyēsis, from kyein to be pregnant — more at cyme


First Known Use: circa 1817


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pseudocyesis

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noun pseu·do·cy·e·sis \-sī-ˈē-səs\

Medical Definition of pseudocyesis

plural pseu·do·cy·e·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  a psychosomatic state that occurs without conception and is marked by some of the physical symptoms (as cessation of menses, enlargement of the abdomen, and apparent fetal movements) and changes in hormonal balance of pregnancy




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