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-​ \

Definition of hypochondriasis

: 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 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

1722, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypochondriasis

hypochondria + -asis, variant of -iasis

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“Hypochondriasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypochondriasis. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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hypochondriasis

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

Medical Definition of hypochondriasis

: 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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