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.
Recent Examples of hypochondria from the Web
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.
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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: 1671See Words from the same year
HYPOCHONDRIA Defined for English Language Learners
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
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