from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See false pregnancy.

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  • n. false pregnancy; the appearance of signs and symptoms associated with pregnancy when the person or animal is not pregnant

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spurious pregnancy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. physiological state in which a woman exhibits symptoms of pregnancy but is not pregnant


pseudo- + New Latin cyēsis, pregnancy (from Greek kuēsis, from kuein, to swell; see keuə- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
pseudo- +‎ cyesis, from Latin pseudo- + Ancient Greek κύησις (kuēsis). (Wiktionary)


  • It was determined that the patient suffered from pseudocyesis, which is the medical term for "false pregnancy."

  • Defense was trying to show the court that their client was a victim of mental illness being diagnosed with “pseudocyesis.”

    Woman Charged With "Womb Theft"

  • The pseudocyesis, the belief in false pregnancy, certainly has come up in court, that ` s defense.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2007

  • I mean, she has an illness, something called pseudocyesis.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2007

  • We don't even know whether she was pregnant, whether she had a false pregnancy or a pseudocyesis ...

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2004

  • Hers was one of only two cases of pseudocyesis I have seen in my years of practice.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • Although pseudocyesis happens very rarely, some theories have been suggested as to its cause.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • In the next four years, her obsession to have a child reached a delusional quality to the point of presenting it as pseudocyesis.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • In some cases of pseudocyesis, the woman is infertile and cannot conceive; or she may be having marital problems and sees pregnancy as a way to save the marriage.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

  • Women with pseudocyesis may have “borderline” or histrionic personality disorders and display characteristics of being extremely emotional, intense, overly dramatic, and unpredictable.

    Shouldn’t I Be Happy?


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  • I swear I posted this condition before even though I didn't know this word, but I don't have "false pregnancy" listed... *rummages through Wordie*

    June 11, 2009

  • Fascinating!

    June 11, 2009

  • Interesting article here.

    June 11, 2009