Definition of hypochondria in English:


Line breaks: hypo|chon¦dria
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpəˈkɒndrɪə


[mass noun]
  • Abnormal chronic anxiety about one’s health.
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    • 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.
    imagined ill health, valetudinarianism, anxiety about one's health, preoccupation with one's health, health obsession; neurosis
    rare hypochondriasis, hypochondriacism


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..

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