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pseudocyesis

Syllabification: pseu·do·cy·e·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞odōsīˈēsis
 
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Definition of pseudocyesis in English:

noun

Technical term for false pregnancy.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from pseudo- 'false' + Greek kuēsis 'conception'.

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