|Also called: hypochondriasis chronic abnormal anxiety concerning the state of one's health, even in the absence of any evidence of disease on medical examination|
|[C18: from Late Latin: the abdomen, supposedly the seat of melancholy, from Greek hupokhondria, from hupokhondrios of the upper abdomen, from |
hypochondria hy·po·chon·dri·a (hī'pə-kŏn'drē-ə)
The neurotic conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often involving experiences of pain when illness is neither present nor likely. Also called hypochondriasis.
hypochondrium hy·po·chon·dri·um (hī'pə-kŏn'drē-əm)
n. pl. hy·po·chon·dri·a (-drē-ə)
The upper lateral region of the abdomen on either side of the epigastrium and below the lower ribs.
|hypochondria (hī'pə-kŏn'drē-ə) Pronunciation Key
A psychiatric disorder characterized by the conviction that one is ill or soon to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely. ◇ A person with hypochondria is called a hypochondriac.