Munchausen syndrome by proxy

noun

variants or less commonly Munchausen's 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

Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Munchausen syndrome by proxy was in 1977

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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 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

noun

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