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 parent and typically a mother harms her child (as by poisoning), falsifies the child's medical history, or tampers with the child's medical specimens in order to create a situation that requires or seems to require medical attention

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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 22 Sep. 2020.

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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 parent and typically a mother harms her child (as by poisoning), falsifies the child's medical history, or tampers with the child's medical specimens in order to create a situation that requires or seems to require medical attention

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