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Definition: 'Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy'

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Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Type: Term

Pronunciation: mūn′chow-zĕn

Definitions:
1. 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.

Synonyms: factitious illness by proxy



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