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Ganser syndrome

Pronunciation: gahn'ser

Definition: a psychoticlike condition, without the symptoms and signs of a traditional psychosis, occurring typically in prisoners who feign insanity; such a person, when asked to multiply 6 times 4, will give 23 as the answer, or will call a key a lock.

See: malingering, factitious disorder

Synonym(s): nonsense syndrome, syndrome of approximate relevant answers, syndrome of deviously relevant answers

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