hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​a·​cal | \ ˌhī-pə-kən-ˈdrī-ə-kəl How to pronounce hypochondriacal (audio) , -ˌkän- \
variants: or less commonly hypochondriac

Definition of hypochondriacal

: exhibiting or marked by unusual or excessive recurring concern about one's health : affected or produced by hypochondria And given my hypochondriacal nature, I have no choice but to see my doctor regularly.— Alonzo Weston

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hypochondriacally \ ˌhī-​pə-​kən-​ˈdrī-​ə-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypochondriacal (audio) , -​ˌkän-​ \ adverb

Examples of hypochondriacal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During downtime, Daisy May cracked up the crew with a hypochondriacal riff about an unprintable physical sensation in her bowels. David Segal, New York Times, "Drama Meets Tedium and a British Sitcom is Born," 19 Feb. 2020 Bill Nighy has too few scenes as Emma's protective, hypochondriacal father, but each one is a master class in comic glances and delivery. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Emma': Film Review," 3 Feb. 2020 By contrast, Davenport — mildly hypochondriacal and prey to colds and occasional depression — hates to go anywhere, often suffering intense anxiety at the very prospect of a trip. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 The interchangeability of the smaller supporting characters enhances this sense of social fluidity — at any moment, someone else can turn into the impoverished talkative spinster, Miss Bates, or Mr. Woodhouse, Emma’s hypochondriacal father. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'Emma' at Lifeline Theatre: Jane Austen's matchmaking story is played for warmth and laughs," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of hypochondriacal

1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypochondriacal

hypochondriac entry 1 + -al entry 1

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“Hypochondriacal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypochondriacal. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​a·​cal | \ -kən-ˈdrī-ə-kəl, -ˌkän- How to pronounce hypochondriacal (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypochondriacal

: marked by unusual or excessive recurring concern about one's health : affected with or produced by hypochondria

Other Words from hypochondriacal

hypochondriacally \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypochondriacal (audio) \ adverb

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