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

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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