Did You Know?
One disease a hypochondriac really does suffer from is hypochondria, the anxiety and depression that come from worrying too much about one's own health. Even though it's easy to joke about hypochondriacs, hypochondria is no joking matter for the sufferer. Somewhat surprisingly, the second part of hypochondria derives from chondros, the Greek word for "cartilage". The cartilage in question is that of the sternum, or breastbone. From ancient times, doctors believed that certain internal organs or regions were the seat of various diseases, both physical and mental, and the area under the breastbone was thought to be the source of hypochondria.
Origin and Etymology of hypochondriac
French hypochondriaque, from Greek hypochondriakos, from hypochondria
First Known Use: 1599
Simple Definition of hypochondriac
: a person who is often or always worried about being ill
Full Definition of hypochondriac
: one affected by hypochondria
Examples of hypochondriac in a sentence
My brother is a real hypochondriac. Every time he reads about some new disease, he thinks he has it.
First Known Use of hypochondriac
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