Definitions

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  • n. A controversial, unproven skin disorder usually dismissed as delusional parasitosis, and characterized by skin lesions producing odd fibers of unknown origin.

Etymologies

Coined by Mary Leitao after a usage by Sir Thomas Browne, apparently a corruption of the Provençal term masclous, "little flies". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The patient was referring to Morgellons syndrome, a disease that was invented in 2002 by Mary Leitao after doctors refused to acknowledge that flesh-eating bugs were the cause of the bloody sores covering the undersides of her two-year-old son’s lips.

    The Panic Virus

  • The CDC, in June of this year announced that they will form a task force to evaluate the so-called Morgellons Syndrome, called a syndrome because it is not yet classified as a disease.

    Mind Hacks: The curious case of Morgellons disease

  • In 2008, federal health officials began to study people saying they were affected by this freakish condition called Morgellons.

    The Seattle Times

  • Last week, while those cases were in the news, government doctors coincidentally released a long-awaited report on their investigation into an illness known as Morgellons mor-GELL-uns.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Morgellons - Local Florida News coverage st0ckman. blogspot.com The illness is called Morgellons and Florida, Texas and California are states with apparent hot spots for the condition, Local

    WN.com - Articles related to Scientists identify risks of hypertension in young adults

  • Morgellons - Local Florida News coverage st0ckman. blogspot.com The illness is called Morgellons and Florida, Texas and California are states with apparent hot spots for the condition, Local 6 reported.

    WN.com - Articles related to Scientists identify risks of hypertension in young adults

  • Dr. Arafiles has appeared on infomercials on "God's Learning Channel" about so-called Morgellons syndrome, a form of delusions of parasitosis.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Here's a creepy skin condition called Morgellons, and doctors can't agree on whether it actually exists.

    Qwaider Planet

  • The disease, called Morgellons after a reference in a 1674 medical paper, isn’t officially recognized by the medical community.

    The Panic Virus

  • On ABC’s Good Morning America, Cynthia McFadden anchored a segment that focused on “one of thousands of patients across the country” who suffer from “a mysterious illness called Morgellons disease” that causes “burning and itching,” “open sores,” and “string like fibers literally coming out of your skin.”

    The Panic Virus

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