Definition of cyberchondriac in English:

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cyberchondriac

Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪbəˈkɒndrɪak/

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
  • There's a couple of things that you can do to sort of do safe surfing without becoming a cyberchondriac.
  • So to become a "cyberchondriac" and join the 80 percent of Americans who scour the Web for health information, click here for the latest.
  • Just don't become a cyberchondriac, will you?

Derivatives

cyberchondria

noun
Example sentences
  • Many Internet users are following inaccurate information online, which U.K. researchers say can lead to erroneous self-diagnoses and cyberchondria.
  • Overwhelming amounts of online medical information are leading researchers to coin a new psychological classification called "cyberchondria" that describes people who obsessively misdiagnose themselves using the Web.
  • We wrote about this back in February, but apparently the researchers behind the idea haven't gotten enough publicity yet, so they're out pushing the idea of cyberchondria again.

Origin

1990s: blend of cyber- and hypochondriac.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cyber|chon¦driac

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