hypochondria

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

Definition of hypochondria

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology 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: 1671


HYPOCHONDRIA Defined for English Language Learners

hypochondria

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

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

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

Medical Definition of hypochondria

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



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