Munchausen syndrome

Munchausen syndrome
noun Etymology: Baron K. F. H. von Münchhausen died 1797 German soldier and proverbial teller of exaggerated tales Date: 1951 a psychological disorder characterized by the feigning of the symptoms of a disease or injury in order to undergo diagnostic tests, hospitalization, or medical or surgical treatment — called also Munchausen's syndrome

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  • Münchausen syndrome — For feigned mental illness, see Malingering. Factitious disorders Classification and external resources ICD 10 F68.1 ICD 9 …   Wikipedia

  • Munchausen syndrome — Infobox Disease Name = Munchausen syndrome Caption = DiseasesDB = 8459 DiseasesDB mult = DiseasesDB2|33167 ICD10 = ICD10|F|68|1|f|60 ICD9 = ICD9|301.51 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = med eMedicineTopic = 3543 eMedicine mult =… …   Wikipedia

  • Munchausen syndrome — noun syndrome consisting of feigning acute and dramatic illness for which no clinical evidence is ever found • Syn: ↑Munchausen s syndrome • Hypernyms: ↑syndrome * * * ˈmənˌchau̇zən , ˈmünˌ , ŋˌkau̇ , ŋˌḵau̇ , ˌ ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun or munchausen …   Useful english dictionary

  • Munchausen syndrome — (This is an alternate entry to Munchhausen syndrome with two h s in Munchhausen. Whole medical reports have been written about the Munchausen syndrome incorrectly written with one h.) Recurrent feigning of catastrophic illnesses, a psychological… …   Medical dictionary

  • Munchausen Syndrome —    Deliberately simulating medical or surgical illness in order to be admitted to hospital for an operation is a form of malingering, unlike involuntary addiction to surgery. (See HYSTERIA: Karl Menninger describes polysurgical addiction [1934].) …   Historical dictionary of Psychiatry

  • Münchausen syndrome — (This is an alternate entry to Munchhausen syndrome. Münchhausen has an umlaut over the u but it is sometimes written as Munchhausen without the umlaut in English.) A recurrent feigning of catastrophic illnesses, a psychological disorder that is… …   Medical dictionary

  • Munchausen syndrome — /ˈmʊntʃhaʊzən ˌsɪndroʊm/ (say moonchhowzuhn .sindrohm), /ˈmʌntʃ / (say munch ) noun a syndrome in which a person pretends to be ill in order to be admitted to hospital or to obtain extensive medical investigations and treatment. Also, Munchausen… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Munchausen syndrome — Psychiatry. a factitious disorder in which otherwise healthy individuals seek to hospitalize themselves with feigned or self induced pathology in order to receive surgical or other medical treatment. [1950 55; named after Baron von MÜNCHHAUSEN,… …   Universalium

  • Münchausen syndrome — noun A psychiatric disorder in which those affected feign illness or psychological trauma in order to garner attention or sympathy …   Wiktionary

  • Munchausen syndrome — disorder in which an individual pretends to have certain symptoms in order to be admitted into a hospital or undergo various medical tests …   English contemporary dictionary

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