hypochondriasis

noun
hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis | \ ˌhī-pə-kən-ˈdrī-ə-səs , -ˌkän- \
plural hypochondriases\ˌhī-pə-kən-ˈdrī-ə-ˌsēz, -ˌkän- \

Definition of hypochondriasis 

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

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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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hypochondriasis

noun
hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis | \ -ˈdrī-ə-səs \
plural hypochondriases\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of hypochondriasis 

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

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