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 hypochondriases (audio) , -​ˌkän-​ \

Definition of hypochondriasis

: morbid concern about one's health especially when accompanied by delusions of physical disease : hypochondria of pathological proportions

Examples of hypochondriasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "For people with severe health anxiety, the Internet can be a terrible place," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hypochondriasis

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypochondriasis

hypochondria + -asis, variant of -iasis

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The first known use of hypochondriasis was in 1766

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“Hypochondriasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypochondriasis. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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hy·​po·​chon·​dri·​a·​sis | \ -ˈdrī-ə-səs How to pronounce hypochondriasis (audio) \
plural hypochondriases\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypochondriases (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypochondriasis

: morbid concern about one's health especially when accompanied by delusions of physical disease

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