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hypochondriac

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

Definition of hypochondriac

  1. 1 :  hypochondriacal

  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

Did You Know?

One disease a hypochondriac really does suffer from is hypochondria, the anxiety and depression that come from worrying too much about one's own health. Even though it's easy to joke about hypochondriacs, hypochondria is no joking matter for the sufferer. Somewhat surprisingly, the second part of hypochondria derives from chondros, the Greek word for "cartilage". The cartilage in question is that of the sternum, or breastbone. From ancient times, doctors believed that certain internal organs or regions were the seat of various diseases, both physical and mental, and the area under the breastbone was thought to be the source of hypochondria.

Origin and Etymology of hypochondriac

French hypochondriaque, from Greek hypochondriakos, from hypochondria


First Known Use: 1599


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hypochondriac

noun hy·po·chon·dri·ac

Definition of hypochondriac

  1. :  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

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

Origin and Etymology of hypochondriac

see 1hypochondriac


First Known Use: 1639


HYPOCHONDRIAC Defined for English Language Learners


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hypochondriac

noun hy·po·chon·dri·ac

Definition of hypochondriac for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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hypochondriac

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adjective hy·po·chon·dri·ac \-drē-ˌak\

Medical Definition of hypochondriac

  1. 1:  hypochondriacal

  2. 2a:  situated below the costal cartilagesb:  of, relating to, or being the two abdominal regions lying on either side of the epigastric region and above the lumbar regions


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hypochondriac

noun hy·po·chon·dri·ac

Medical Definition of hypochondriac

  1. :  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 habits—People



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