- Abnormal anxiety about one’s health, especially with an unwarranted fear that one has a serious disease.More example sentences
- This week's feature is one from myself, all about hypochondria and health anxiety.
- Grandma's elephantine ankles, mother's hypochondria, Grandpa's grubbiness, are all experienced as her own.
- I think it's just paranoid hypochondria: now that I've bought the car I'm scared I won't be able to drive it without crippling myself.
late Middle English (in the Greek sense): via late Latin from Greek hupokhondria, denoting the soft body area below the ribs, from hupo 'under' + khondros 'sternal cartilage'. Melancholy was originally thought to arise from the liver, gallbladder, spleen, etc..