hypochondria

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

Definition of hypochondria 

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

Examples of hypochondria in a Sentence

She fueled her hypochondria by reading articles about rare diseases.

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The current psychiatric diagnostic manual has abandoned hypochondria as a disorder, replacing it in 2013 with two new concepts: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. New York Times, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria," 18 June 2018 Speaking of feigning sickness, taper week is prime time for runner hypochondria. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Race Week Anxiety? You're Not Alone," 12 Apr. 2018 Bethlehem Steel ceased to exist in 2003, but 36 years is a long time in the life of a nation whose recuperative powers are as notable as its hypochondria. George Will, National Review, "Charlie Dent’s Departure Makes Allentown Vulnerable to Democrats," 6 Jan. 2018 Remaining in this state of wary hypervigilance can contribute to issues like social anxiety, hypochondria, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and all manner of phobias. Kate Murphy, New York Times, "Outsmarting Our Primitive Responses to Fear," 26 Oct. 2017 On his desk sits a clear plastic aspirin bottle labeled To cure hypochondria, and on the windowsill are a couple of empty wine bottles marked Placebo and Nocebo, the term for negative effects induced by suggestion, placebo’s dark twin. Gregory Reid, Smithsonian, "Why I Take Fake Pills," 29 May 2017 On his desk sits a clear plastic aspirin bottle labeled To cure hypochondria, and on the windowsill are a couple of empty wine bottles marked Placebo and Nocebo, the term for negative effects induced by suggestion, placebo’s dark twin. Gregory Reid, Smithsonian, "Why I Take Fake Pills," 29 May 2017 Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Who wants to be a billionaire (in 1916)?," 8 May 2017 Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Who wants to be a billionaire (in 1916)?," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of hypochondria

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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."

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hypochondria

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English Language Learners 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

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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