factitious disease


factitious disease
/fækˈtɪʃəs dəziz/ (say fak'tishuhs duhzeez)

noun
a syndrome in which a parent deliberately causes symptoms and signs of illness in a child as a device to gain attention for themself from medical professionals.
Also, factitious disease by proxy, factitious disorder by proxy, Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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