hypochondriasis

hypochondria

[hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh]
noun
1.
Also, hypochondriasis [hahy-poh-kuhn-drahy-uh-sis] . 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:
1555–65; < 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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hypochondria (ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndrɪə)
 
n
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 hypo- + khondros cartilage]

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hypochondria
1839, "illness without a specific cause," earlier (1668) "depression or melancholy without real cause," earlier still (1373) ypocandria "upper abdomen," from L.L. hypochondria "the abdomen," from Gk. hypochondria (neut. pl.), from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + chondros "cartilage"
(of the breastbone). Reflecting ancient belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy. Hypochondriac (n.) in modern sense first recorded 1888.
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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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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.
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