hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​ac | \ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ˌak \

Definition of hypochondriac 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 anatomy : of, relating to, or being the two regions of the abdomen lying on either side of the epigastric region and above the lumbar regions



Definition of hypochondriac (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is often or always worried about his or her own health : a person affected by hypochondria or hypochondriasis … comparing America's addiction to polls to a hypochondriac's obsessive monitoring of his pulse rate.— Erica Goode Although a self-avowed hypochondriac, he actually did suffer from a variety of ailments …— Eugenia Zukerman

Examples of hypochondriac in a Sentence


My brother is a real hypochondriac. Every time he reads about some new disease, he thinks he has it.

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Alina Alcantara gives hippo Gloria a pleasing mix of sass and motherly affection, Bryan Jager does his best nebbish routine as the hypochondriac giraffe. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "You'll want to 'move it, move it,' to Rep's 'Madagascar'," 7 Mar. 2018 Though prone to sniffles and accidents — a bit of a hypochondriac, his friends affectionately allowed — his work and travel schedule showed his amazing stamina, year after year. Grant Wacker, Washington Post, "How an aging Billy Graham approached his own death," 21 Feb. 2018 To any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor, pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don't worry about sounding like a hypochondriac. Evin Billington, Health.com, "5 Times Daisy Ridley Made Us Feel Ready to Take On the World," 14 Dec. 2017 Each of the kids has one particular trait that identifies them as an outcast in their white bread, all-American small town: Bill has a stutter, Ben is chubby, Stan is Jewish, Eddie a hypochondriac, Mike is African-American and homeschooled. Tyler Coates, Esquire, "The New Version of It Is Shockingly Violent," 8 Sep. 2017 His victims, outcasts all, are paper-thin characters barely defined beyond signature characteristics: One stutters, another is fat, another is a hypochondriac, yet another is a curse machine. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "Review: ‘It’ doesn’t clown around with horror-movie clichés," 6 Sep. 2017 Austen knew as well as anybody that, in the long run, hypochondriacs aren’t wrong. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Reading Jane Austen’s Final, Unfinished Novel," 13 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of hypochondriac


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypochondriac


earlier, "arising in the hypochondria (organs of the upper abdomen behind the ribs)," borrowed from Middle French hypochondriaque, borrowed from Medieval Latin hypochondriacus, borrowed from Greek hypochondriakós, from hypochóndria + -akos -ac — more at hypochondria


borrowed from Middle French hypochondriaque, noun derivative of hypochondriaque hypochondriac entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hypochondriac

: a person who is often or always worried about being ill


hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​ac | \-drē-ˌak \

Medical Definition of hypochondriac 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2a : situated below the costal cartilages

b : of, relating to, or being the two abdominal regions lying on either side of the epigastric region and above the lumbar regions



Medical Definition of hypochondriac (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with hypochondria or hypochondriasis a person can be said to be a hypochondriac when his or her preoccupation with health or disease is so intense that it disrupts normal living habitsPeople

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