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noun, Psychiatry.
an unconscious attempt to retain physical or psychological symptoms of illness when some advantage may be obtained (distinguished from ).

compensation neurosis n.
A neurosis whose symptoms may be associated with a real or presumed disability that may bring financial compensation.


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