Munchausen syndrome

noun

Mun·​chau·​sen syndrome ˈmən-ˌchau̇-zən- How to pronounce Munchausen syndrome (audio)
ˌmən-ˈchau̇-
variants or Munchausen's syndrome
ˈmən-ˌchau̇-zənz- How to pronounce Munchausen syndrome (audio)
ˌmən-ˈchau̇-
: a psychological disorder characterized by the intentional feigning, exaggeration, or induction of the symptoms of a disease or injury in order to undergo diagnostic tests, hospitalization, or medical or surgical treatment : factitious disorder imposed on self compare munchausen syndrome by proxy

Word History

Etymology

Baron K. F. H. von Münchhausen †1797 German soldier and proverbial teller of exaggerated tales

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Munchausen syndrome was in 1951

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“Munchausen syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Munchausen%20syndrome. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

Munchausen syndrome

noun
Mun·​chau·​sen syndrome ˈmən-ˌchau̇-zən- How to pronounce Munchausen syndrome (audio)
variants or Munchausen's syndrome
: a psychological disorder characterized by the intentional feigning, exaggeration, or induction of the symptoms of a disease or injury in order to undergo diagnostic tests, hospitalization, or medical or surgical treatment : factitious disorder imposed on self compare munchausen syndrome by proxy
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