pseudocyesis

noun
pseu·​do·​cy·​e·​sis | \ ˌsü-dō-sī-ˈē-səs How to pronounce pseudocyesis (audio) \

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

Examples of pseudocyesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Defense attorneys tried to argue that Montgomery was suffering from pseudocyesis and was in a dissociative state at the time of the murder. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of pseudocyesis

circa 1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pseudocyesis

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

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“Pseudocyesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudocyesis. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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pseudocyesis

noun
pseu·​do·​cy·​e·​sis | \ -sī-ˈē-səs How to pronounce pseudocyesis (audio) \
plural pseudocyeses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce pseudocyesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of pseudocyesis

: 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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