Definition of hypochondriac in English:


Syllabification: hy·po·chon·dri·ac
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈkändrēˌak


A person who is abnormally anxious about their health.
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  • It has been the hot tech topic for hypochondriacs and health buffs for years.
  • Her patients range from the terminally ill to manipulative hypochondriacs, from veiled Bangladeshi women to convicted felons.
  • It's nearly impossible to ignore such complaints, because now and then, even hypochondriacs get sick.
valetudinarian, neurotic
valetudinarian, hypochondriacal, malingering, health-obsessed;
neurotic, paranoid, phobic


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another term for hypochondriacal.
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  • Also heavily featured is a hypochondriac police psychologist who provides Mr Paz's love interest.
  • This point can be used in the treatment of disorders of zang organs, such as spleenomegaly, hepatomegaly, hypochondriac pain or jaundice.
  • It eliminates hypochondriac pain and relieves stagnated anger.


late 16th century: coined in French from Greek hupokhondriakos, from hupokhondria (see hypochondria).

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