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

Examples of Munchausen syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blanchard served eight years in prison for her role in the fatal stabbing of her mother Dee Dee Blanchard, who allegedly suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy and made Blanchard seem to have various health issues. Brendan Morrow, USA TODAY, 9 July 2024 In court, it was argued Gypsy was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a form of child abuse that involves a guardian exaggerating or inducing illness to gain sympathy. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 4 July 2024 Prior to being limited to a prison cell, Blanchard spent a good chunk of her life wheelchair-bound as a victim of what experts have labeled Dee Dee’s Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Jami Ganz, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 It was eventually revealed that the elder Blanchard had abused her daughter via Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which sees a caretaker inducing or embellishing elements of their dependent's ailments to garner sympathy or financial gain. EW.com, 4 June 2024 The former inmate and victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy opens up about finding love again with Ken Urker amid her divorce from Ryan Anderson Gypsy-Rose Blanchard has found love again after lockup. Janine Rubenstein, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 It was argued in court and is widely believed that Gypsy-Rose was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare form of abuse in which a guardian exaggerates or induces illness in a child for sympathy and attention. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 By Sarah Klein April 18, 2024 12:36 PM EDT Whether fictional or fact-based, Munchausen syndrome by proxy grips the public. Sarah Klein, TIME, 18 Apr. 2024 Gypsy Rose Blanchard 'perfect embodiment' of true crime and celebrity The Munchausen syndrome by proxy of it all piques interest in Blanchard's story to another level. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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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