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hypochondriac

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

Definition of hypochondriac

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

Origin and Etymology of 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


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hypochondriac

noun

Definition of hypochondriac

: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of hypochondriac

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


HYPOCHONDRIAC Defined for English Language Learners

hypochondriac

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

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

medical Definition of hypochondriac

2 a : 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

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hypochondriac

noun

medical Definition of hypochondriac

: 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
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