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hypochondria

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noun hy·po·chon·dria \ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ə\

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

  1. :  extreme depression of mind or spirits often centered on imaginary physical ailments; specifically :  hypochondriasis

Examples of hypochondria

  1. 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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hypochondria

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noun hy·po·chon·dria \ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ə\

Medical Definition of hypochondria

  1. :  extreme depression of mind or spirits often centered on imaginary physical ailments; specifically :  hypochondriasis





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