pseudocyesis

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noun pseu·do·cy·e·sis \ -sī-ˈē-səs \

Definition of pseudocyesis

:a psychosomatic state that occurs without conception and is marked by some of the physical symptoms and changes in hormonal balance of pregnancy

Origin and Etymology of pseudocyesis

New Latin, from pseud- + cyesis pregnancy, from Greek kyēsis, from kyein to be pregnant — more at cyme


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pseudocyesis

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noun pseu·do·cy·e·sis \ -sī-ˈē-səs \

medical Definition of pseudocyesis

plural pseudocyeses play \-ˌsēz\
:a psychosomatic state that occurs without conception and is marked by some of the physical symptoms (as cessation of menses, enlargement of the abdomen, and apparent fetal movements) and changes in hormonal balance of pregnancy

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