- Also hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis [hahy-poh-kuh n-drahy-uh-sis] /ˌhaɪ poʊ kənˈdraɪ ə sɪs/. Psychiatry. an excessive preoccupation with one's health, usually focusing on some particular symptom, as cardiac or gastric problems.
- excessive worry or talk about one's health.
Origin of hypochondria
- either of two regions of the abdomen, situated on each side of the epigastrium and above the lumbar regions.
Origin of hypochondrium
Examples from the Web for hypochondria
We know the only thing more hopeless than his hypochondria is his romanticism.
And then when you have kids, you find that your hypochondria can can extend not just to the limits of your own body but to them.A Q&A with Scott Stossel, Author of ‘My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind’
February 20, 2014
It was fear of cancer and a douse of hypochondria that brought me to 23andMe in the first place.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free
Charles C. Johnson
February 4, 2014
For as long as causes of plague were subjects of debate, less attention, quite reasonably, was given to hypochondria.The Best of Brit Lit
February 11, 2010
Hypochondria also causes singular results in the sexual sphere.The Sexual Question
He is more subject to fits of hypochondria, to talk of abdicating.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. X. (of XXI.)
If Dostoiwsky ever invoked a muse, it must have been the muse of Hypochondria.Russia: Its People and Its Literature
Emilia Pardo Bazán
Coleridge noticed that Wordsworth suffered much from hypochondria.More Pages from a Journal
The psychosis, Dagonet says, is not pure but more a mixture of hypochondria and depression.Benign Stupors
- chronic abnormal anxiety concerning the state of one's health, even in the absence of any evidence of disease on medical examinationAlso called: hypochondriasis (ˌhaɪpəʊkɒnˈdraɪəsɪs)
- anatomy the upper region of the abdomen on each side of the epigastrium, just below the lowest ribs
Word Origin and History for hypochondria
1839, "illness without a specific cause," earlier (1660s) "depression or melancholy without real cause," earlier still (late 14c.) ipocondrie "upper abdomen," from Late Latin hypochondria "the abdomen," from Greek hypokhondria (neuter plural of hypokhondrios), from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + khondros "cartilage" (of the breastbone); see grind (v.). Reflecting ancient belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy and the source of the vapors that caused such feelings.
- The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely.hypochondriasis
- The upper lateral region of the abdomen on either side of the epigastrium and below the lower ribs.
- A psychiatric disorder characterized by the conviction that one is ill or soon to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely.♦ A person with hypochondria is called a hypochondriac.