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
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.”
The pseudocyesis, the belief in false pregnancy, certainly has come up in court, that ` s defense.
I mean, she has an illness, something called pseudocyesis.
We don't even know whether she was pregnant, whether she had a false pregnancy or a pseudocyesis ...
Hers was one of only two cases of pseudocyesis I have seen in my years of practice.
Although pseudocyesis happens very rarely, some theories have been suggested as to its cause.
In the next four years, her obsession to have a child reached a delusional quality to the point of presenting it as pseudocyesis.
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.
Women with pseudocyesis may have “borderline” or histrionic personality disorders and display characteristics of being extremely emotional, intense, overly dramatic, and unpredictable.