hypochondriasis


hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis

noun \-ˈdrī-ə-səs\
plural hy·po·chon·dri·a·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of HYPOCHONDRIASIS

:  morbid concern about one's health especially when accompanied by delusions of physical disease

Origin of HYPOCHONDRIASIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1766

Rhymes with HYPOCHONDRIASIS

hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis

noun \-ˈdrī-ə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural hy·po·chon·dri·a·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of HYPOCHONDRIASIS

: morbid concern about one's health especially when accompanied by delusions of physical disease

hypochondriasis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mental disorder in which an individual is excessively preoccupied with his own health and inclined to treat insignificant physical signs or symptoms as evidence of a serious disease. The hypochondriac may become convinced that he is ill even though he has no symptoms at all, or may exaggerate the importance of minor aches and pains, becoming obsessed with the fear of a life-threatening illness. A doctor's reassurances often have only a slight or temporary effect on the hypochondriac's anxieties. Hypochondriasis usually first manifests itself in early adulthood and is equally common among males and females. In some cases it may represent a psychological coping mechanism that the individual resorts to in order to deal with stressful life situations.

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