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's syndrome (audio) , ˌmən-​ˈchau̇-​ \

Definition of Munchausen syndrome

: a psychological disorder characterized by the feigning of the symptoms of a disease or injury in order to undergo diagnostic tests, hospitalization, or medical or surgical treatment

First Known Use of Munchausen syndrome

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Munchausen syndrome

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

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“Munchausen syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Munchausen%20syndrome. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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Munchausen syndrome

noun
Mun·​chau·​sen syndrome | \ ˈmən-ˌchau̇-zən- How to pronounce Munchausen syndrome (audio) \
variants: or Munchausen's syndrome \ -​zənz-​ How to pronounce Munchausen's syndrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of Munchausen syndrome

: a psychological disorder characterized by the feigning of the symptoms of a disease or injury in order to undergo diagnostic tests, hospitalization, or medical or surgical treatment

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