Munchausen syndrome by proxy

noun
variants: or less commonly Munchausen's syndrome by proxy

Definition of Munchausen syndrome by proxy

: a psychological disorder in which a caregiver and especially a parent induces the symptoms of a disease or injury in their child, falsifies the child's medical history, or tampers with the child's diagnostic specimens in order to create a situation that typically requires medical attention : factitious disorder imposed on another

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Munchausen syndrome by proxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Munchausen%20syndrome%20by%20proxy. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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Munchausen syndrome by proxy

noun
variants: also Munchausen's syndrome by proxy \ -​bī-​ˈpräk-​sē \

Medical Definition of Munchausen syndrome by proxy

: a psychological disorder in which a caregiver and especially a parent induces the symptoms of disease or illness in their child, falsifies the child's medical history, or tampers with the child's diagnostic specimens in order to create a situation that typically requires medical attention : factitious disorder imposed on another

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