Medical Definition of Momism

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Momism: 1. Excessive attachment to mom. 2. Conversely, overprotective mothering.

The term momism was coined by the American writer Philip Wylie (1902 - 1971) in his 1942 book A Generation of Vipers.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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