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factitious

 [fak-tish´us]
artificial; not natural.
factitious disorder a mental disorder characterized by repeated, knowing simulation of physical or psychological symptoms for no apparent purpose other than obtaining treatment. Unlike malingering there is no recognizable motive for feigning illness. It is subtyped on the basis of whether the predominant signs and symptoms are physical (munchausen syndrome), psychological, or both. See also ganser syndrome.
factitious disorder by proxy a form of factitious disorder in which one person (usually a mother) intentionally fabricates or induces signs and symptoms of one or more physical (munchausen syndrome by proxy) or psychological disorders in another person under their care (usually a child) and subjects that person to needless and sometimes dangerous or disfiguring diagnostic procedures or treatment, without any external incentives for the behavior existing.

fac·ti·tious

(fak-tish'ŭs), Do not confuse this word with factitial.
Artificial; self-induced; not naturally occurring.
[L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make]

factitious

/fac·ti·tious/ (fak-tish´-us) artificially induced; not natural.

factitious

adjective Pertaining or referring to consciously determined symptoms, driven by an unconscious but compelling need to assume a “sick role”, usually in absence of an external incentive.

factitious

adjective Referring to symptoms driven by an unconscious, compelling need to assume a 'sick role', usually in absence of an external incentive. See Munchausen disease.

fac·ti·tious

(fak-tish'ŭs)
Artificial; self-induced; not naturally occurring.
[L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make]

fac·ti·tious

(fak-tish'ŭs)
Artificial; self-induced; not naturally occurring.
[L. factitius, made by art, fr. facio, to make]

factitious (faktish´us),

adj false or self-manufactured.

factitious

artificial; not natural.
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