from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A psychiatric disorder characterized by the repeated fabrication of disease signs and symptoms for the purpose of gaining medical attention.
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- noun syndrome consisting of feigning acute and dramatic illness for which no clinical evidence is ever found
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Münchhausen (because the fabricated diseases recalled his fictionalized accounts of his life).]
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