Mun·chau·sen syndrome (mŭnʹchou'zən, mŭnchʹhou'-) n.
A psychological disorder characterized by the repeated fabrication or causation of disease symptoms or trauma for the purpose of gaining medical attention or treatment.
  [After Münchhausen, Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von (because the fabricated diseases recalled his fictionalized accounts of his life).]

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  • Munchausensyndrome by proxy — Munchausen syndrome by proxy n. A psychological disorder in which a parent or other caregiver gains attention from medical professionals by repeatedly causing or fabricating disease symptoms in a child. * * * …   Universalium

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