somatization dis-order

somatization disorder

noun
a mental illness, usually beginning before age 20, characterized by multiple physical complaints for which no physical causes can be found and often leading to unnecessary treatment or surgery and to severe disability.
Also called Briquet's syndrome.


Origin:
somat- + -ization

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somatization disorder n.
A disorder characterized by an individual's seeking help for and acquiring a complicated medical history of multiple physical symptoms referring to a variety of organ systems, but for whose complaints there is no detectable organic disorder or injury.

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