Definition of cyberchondriac in English:

cyberchondriac

Line breaks: cyber|chon¦driac
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪbəˈkɒndrɪak
 
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noun

  • A person who compulsively searches the Internet for information about particular real or imagined symptoms of illness: everybody is terribly health-conscious these days—it’s no surprise that many people are becoming cyberchondriacs
    More example sentences
    • One of the main problems that cyberchondriacs face is that the web is not always reliable.
    • If you're one of those people who frequently looks up their symptoms online and then panics at the diagnosis, or rather 'search results', it's possible that you're displaying all the hallmarks of a cyberchondriac.
    • Many health professionals warn the web has created a world of cyberchondriacs.

Derivatives

cyberchondria

noun
More example sentences
  • The phenomenon of cyberchondria - where patients take as read material they have spotted on the Net, then tell their GP all about their supposed condition - is already with us.
  • She has featured in a number of articles about cyberchondria, which occurs when an individual surfs the net in a frenzy of health anxiety.
  • Many Internet users are following inaccurate information online, which U.K. researchers say can lead to erroneous self-diagnoses and cyberchondria.

Origin

1990s: blend of cyber- and hypochondriac.

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