Munchausen Syndrome Glossary of Terms

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Atypical: Unusual, or not fitting a single diagnostic
category.

Behavioral medicine: An interdisciplinary field of research and practice that focuses on h...

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Borderline personality disorder: A personality type characterized by difficulty forming an...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Chronic illness: An illness that lasts 3 months or more.

Cognitive: Having to do with thought, judgment, or knowledge.

Dehydration: Excessive loss of body water. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that ca...

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Depression: An illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Diarrhea: A common condition that involves unusually frequent and liquid bowel movements. ...

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Forensic: Dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems and legal...

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Indication: 1. In medicine, a condition which makes a particular treatment or proce...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Medical history: 1. In clinical medicine, the patient's past and present which may ...

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Morbidity: Illness, disease.

Mortality: A fatal outcome or, in one word, death. The word "mortality" is derived from "m...

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Mortality rate: A death rate. There are a number of different types of mortality rates as,...

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MSBP: Munchhausen syndrome by proxy.

Munchausen syndrome: (This is an alternate entry to Munchhausen syndrome with two h's in M...

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Munchausen syndrome by proxy: A parenting disorder in which the parent either fabricates a...

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Munchhausen syndrome: Recurrent feigning of catastrophic illnesses. Munchhausen syndrome ...

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Munchhausen syndrome: (This is an alternate entry to Münchausen syndrome. Müncha...

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Personality disorder: A disorder characterized by the chronic use of mechanisms of coping ...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Poisoning: Taking a substance that is injurious to health or can cause death. Poisoning i...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty conc...

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Psychiatry: The medical specialty that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and tr...

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Psychology: The study of the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to behavior...

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Psychotherapy: The treatment of a behavior disorders, mental illness, or any other conditi...

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Reuptake: The reabsorption of a secreted substance by the cell that originally produced an...

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Serotonin: A neurotransmitter that is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses. Sero...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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