Phantom tumor

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(Med.) a swelling, especially of the abdomen, due to muscular spasm, accumulation of flatus, etc., simulating an actual tumor in appearance, but disappearing upon the administration of an anæsthetic.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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AFTER reading the story in the Daily Record about Eleanor Shields and her phantom tumour, I couldn't believe what I was reading.