Definition of hypochondria in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈkändrēə/


Abnormal anxiety about one’s health, especially with an unwarranted fear that one has a serious disease.
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..

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Syllabification: hy·po·chon·dri·a

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