Meaning of Munchausen syndrome by proxy

Mun'chausen syn"drome by prox'y

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  1. a form of Munchausen syndrome in which a person induces or claims to observe a disease in another, usually a close relative, in order to attract the doctor's attention to herself or himself.
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