One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- technical term for false pregnancy
- ‘False pregnancy (or pseudocyesis as it is medically known) is a rare condition that is nonetheless a serious emotional and psychological condition in women.’
- ‘This report describes a case of recurrent pseudocyesis in a man with psychosis, intermittent hyponatremia, and polydipsia.’
Mid 19th century: from pseudo- ‘false’ + Greek kuēsis ‘conception’.
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