Abnormal chronic anxiety about one’s health.
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: 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, gall bladder, spleen, etc..