False Pregnancy

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Pregnancy, False


(also pseudopregnancy, pseudocyesis), in women, a state marked by the simulation of pregnancy (cessation of menses, enlargement of the breasts, nausea, apparent fetal movement). A psychosomatic condition, it demonstrates the influence of the mind on various organs. Most false pregnancies are observed in women who are infertile. The condition is diagnosed by obstetrical examination and negative biological test results.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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