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Munchausen syndrome

Pronunciation: mun'chow-zen

Definition: Repeated fabrication of clinically convincing simulations of disease for the purpose of gaining medical attention; a term referring to patients who wander from hospital to hospital feigning acute medical or surgical illness and giving false and fanciful information about their medical and social background for no apparent reason other than to gain attention.

See: factitious disorder

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