hypochondria

noun hy·po·chon·dria \ ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ə \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of hypochondria

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

Examples of hypochondria in a Sentence

  1. She fueled her hypochondria by reading articles about rare diseases.

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Origin and Etymology of hypochondria

earlier, "organs of the upper abdomen behind the ribs (including the liver and gallbladder, thought to be the seat of melancholy)," borrowed from Late Latin, borrowed from Greek hypochóndria, plural of hypochóndrion (referring to either the left or right side of these organs), noun derivative from neuter of hypochóndrios "located beneath the cartilage (connecting the ribs and sternum)," from hypo- hypo- + -chondrios, adjective derivative of chóndros "gristle, cartilage" — more at chondro-
Note: Earlier also in the Anglicized form hypochondry, hypocondry, usually in the plural hypocondries, as in the following passage from Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (Oxford, 1621), p. 25: "The third Region is the lower Belly in which the liuer resides…with the rest of those naturall Organes, seruing for concoction, nourishment, expelling of excrements. This lower Region is distinguished from the vpper by the Midriffe, or Diaphragma, and is subdiuided againe by some into three concauities, or regions, vpper, middle, and lower. The upper of the Hypocondries, in whose right side is the Liuer, the left the Spleene. From which is denominated Hypocondriacall Melancholy."


HYPOCHONDRIA Defined for English Language Learners

hypochondria

Definition of hypochondria for English Language Learners

  • : unusual or excessive concern about your health : a tendency to fear or imagine that you have illnesses that you do not actually have


Medical Dictionary

hypochondria

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

medical Definition of hypochondria

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


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