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Medical Term:

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Pronunciation: mun'chow-zen


a form of child maltreatment or abuse inflicted by a caretaker (usually the mother) with fabrications of symptoms and/or induction of signs of disease, leading to unnecessary investigations and interventions, with occasional serious health consequences, including death of the child.

Synonym(s): factitious illness by proxy

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