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hypochondria

[hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh] /ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə/
noun
1.
Also, hypochondriasis
[hahy-poh-kuh n-drahy-uh-sis] /ˌhaɪ poʊ kənˈdraɪ ə sɪs/ (Show IPA)
. Psychiatry. an excessive preoccupation with one's health, usually focusing on some particular symptom, as cardiac or gastric problems.
2.
excessive worry or talk about one's health.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin < Greek, neuter plural of hypochóndrios pertaining to the upper abdomen (supposed seat of melancholy), equivalent to hypo- hypo- + chóndr(os) ensiform cartilage + -ios adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for hypochondriasis

hypochondria

/ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndrɪə/
noun
1.
chronic abnormal anxiety concerning the state of one's health, even in the absence of any evidence of disease on medical examination Also called hypochondriasis (ˌhaɪpəʊkɒnˈdraɪəsɪs)
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin: the abdomen, supposedly the seat of melancholy, from Greek hupokhondria, from hupokhondrios of the upper abdomen, from hypo- + khondros cartilage
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Word Origin and History for hypochondriasis
n.

1766, from hypochondria + an unusual use of -osis.

hypochondria

n.

1839, "illness without a specific cause," earlier (1660s) "depression or melancholy without real cause," earlier still (late 14c.) ipocondrie "upper abdomen," from Late Latin hypochondria "the abdomen," from Greek hypokhondria (neuter plural of hypokhondrios), from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + khondros "cartilage" (of the breastbone); see grind (v.). Reflecting ancient belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy and the source of the vapors that caused such feelings.

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hypochondriasis in Medicine

hypochondria hy·po·chon·dri·a (hī'pə-kŏn'drē-ə)
n.
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.

hypochondriasis hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis (hī'pə-kən-drī'ə-sĭs)
n. pl. hy·po·chon·dri·a·ses (-sēz')
See hypochondria.

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hypochondriasis in Science
hypochondria
  (hī'pə-kŏn'drē-ə)   
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.
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