hypochondriac

adjective
hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​ac | \ ˌhī-pə-ˈkän-drē-ˌak How to pronounce hypochondriac (audio) \

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

hypochondriac

noun

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

Noun My brother is a real hypochondriac. Every time he reads about some new disease, he thinks he has it.
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First Known Use of hypochondriac

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypochondriac

Adjective

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

Noun

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

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“Hypochondriac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypochondriac. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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hypochondriac

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hypochondriac

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

hypochondriac

adjective
hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​ac | \ -drē-ˌak How to pronounce hypochondriac (audio) \

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

hypochondriac

noun

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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