Munchausen syndrome(redirected from Factitious Illness)
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Munchausen syndrome[′mu̇n‚chau̇z·ən ‚sin‚drōm]
A personality disorder in which the patient describes dramatic but false symptoms or simulates acute illness, happily undergoing examinations, hospitalization, and diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations, and upon discovery of the real nature of his case often leaves without notice and moves on to another hospital.
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