hypochondria


hy·po·chon·dria

noun \ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ə\

: 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

  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

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

hy·po·chon·dria

noun \ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYPOCHONDRIA

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

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