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

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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The first known use of pseudocyesis was circa 1817

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“Pseudocyesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pseudocyesis. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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 pseudocyeses (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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