hypochondriasis

noun

hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​a·​sis ˌhī-pə-kən-ˈdrī-ə-səs How to pronounce hypochondriasis (audio)
-ˌkän-
plural hypochondriases ˌhī-pə-kən-ˈdrī-ə-ˌsēz How to pronounce hypochondriasis (audio)
-ˌkän-
: excessive concern about one's health especially when accompanied by imagined physical ailments
specifically : illness anxiety disorder
The diagnostic criteria for hypochondriasis also require that the patient's concern about illness persist for at least six months and cause clinically significant distress or functional impairment. Arthur J. Barsky
Hypochondria, known as hypochondriasis in medical terminology, is generally defined as abnormal preoccupation with one's health and a fear of having or getting a disease despite physical evidence to the contrary. Jean Marbella

Examples of hypochondriasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers also found that hypochondriasis can impact quality of life; people without hypochondriasis were more likely to be educated, married and make more money than hypochondriacs. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2023 Over roughly nine months of observation, 268 hypochondriacs and 1,761 people without hypochondriasis died. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2023 Hypochondria used to be called hypochondriasis. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2022 During medical school, hypochondriasis and disease obsessions ruled the day. Russell Johnson, STAT, 7 Feb. 2023 As a neurotic 27-year-old New Yorker with a cocktail of mental-health issues—anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and hypochondriasis—travel seemed impossible for most of my life. Gilad Gamliel, Outside Online, 10 Feb. 2020 The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders replaced hypochondriasis with two alternatives: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

hypochondria + -asis, variant of -iasis

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypochondriasis was in 1722

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Cite this Entry

“Hypochondriasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypochondriasis. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

hypochondriasis

noun
hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​a·​sis -ˈdrī-ə-səs How to pronounce hypochondriasis (audio)
plural hypochondriases -ˌsēz How to pronounce hypochondriasis (audio)
: excessive concern about one's health especially when accompanied by imagined physical ailments
specifically : illness anxiety disorder
The diagnostic criteria for hypochondriasis also require that the patient's concern about illness persist for at least six months and cause clinically significant distress or functional impairment. Arthur J. Barsky, The New England Journal of Medicine

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