Definition of Munchausen's syndrome in US English:

Munchausen's syndrome

(also Munchausen syndrome)


  • 1A mental disorder in which a person repeatedly feigns severe illness so as to obtain hospital treatment.

    • ‘This patient appears to fit the criteria of Munchausen's syndrome as well.’
    • ‘People with Munchausen's syndrome often go from doctor to doctor and gain admission into many hospitals.’
    • ‘The notes would also have shown that he had Munchausen's syndrome - a mental disorder in which the patient tries to obtain hospital treatment for an illness that does not exist.’
    • ‘Only a minority of parents who deliberately harm their children have exhibited features of Munchausen's syndrome themselves and little is known about the psychopathology underlying the fabrication of illness in older children.’
    • ‘Patients with Munchausen's syndrome - named for an 18 th-century German baron known for his outlandish tales - fake illness to gain attention.’
    1. 1.1Munchausen's syndrome by proxy A mental disorder in which a person seeks attention by inducing or feigning illness in another person, typically a child.
      • ‘Among them was the trial of a nurse diagnosed with Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, who received 13 life sentences for killing four children and injuring nine other patients.’
      • ‘The first appeals by parents whose children were taken from them after medical experts diagnosed Munchausen's syndrome by proxy began today.’
      • ‘Factitious disorder by proxy, also known as Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, is characterized by a caregiver (often a mother) fabricating or inducing illness in her charge in order to attract medical attention.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the social workers said, Anamarie might be a victim of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy - a psychological disorder that causes parents to harm their children in order to draw attention to themselves.’
      • ‘Some of the mothers were accused of having Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.’


Munchausen's syndrome

/ˈˌmo͝onCHouzənz ˈsinˌdrōm/