Simple Definition of hypochondria
: unusual or excessive concern about your health : a tendency to fear or imagine that you have illnesses that you do not actually have
Full Definition of hypochondria
: extreme depression of mind or spirits often centered on imaginary physical ailments; specifically : hypochondriasis
Examples of hypochondria
She fueled her hypochondria by reading articles about rare diseases.
Origin of hypochondria
New Latin, from Late Latin, plural, upper abdomen (formerly regarded as the seat of hypochondria), from Greek, literally, the parts under the cartilage (of the breastbone), from hypo- + chondros cartilage
First Known Use: 1668
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