1. Med. A condition in which some of the symptoms or signs of pregnancy (such as amenorrhoea, nausea, and abdominal swelling) are present in a woman who is not pregnant; an instance of this. Also called false pregnancy.
1993 Acta Endocrinologica 129 Suppl. 38 The underlying mechanism of such a psychosomatic reaction, a typical example of which is pseudopregnancy, may be an extemporaneous activation of a neuroendocrine ‘maternal subroutine’ characteristic of pregnancy.
1970 W. B. Yapp Introd. Animal Physiol. (ed. 3) viii. 293 In those animals, such as mice, in which there is scarcely any pseudopregnancy, the corpora lutea develop very little and soon degenerate unless copulation occurs.
1981 J. Halliday & J. Halliday in K. Thear & A. Fraser Compl. Bk. Raising Livestock & Poultry iv. 94/2 Goats occasionally have pseudopregnancies, commonly termed as cloudbursts. The goat, either mated or unmated, will consider that she is in kid.
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