- 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
Examples from the Web for hypochondriasis
The Tartars and Egyptians still employ baths of this description in hypochondriasis, scrofula, and scurvy.
A young man of twenty-six suffered from melancholia and hypochondriasis.Tics and Their Treatment
They knew and wrote of hypochondriasis and, indeed, they invented the term.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
For it must be understood that neurasthenia is a very different matter from hysteria or hypochondriasis.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them
Charles David Musgrove
He associated it with irritative dyspepsia, hypochondriasis, and exhaustion of nerve-power.
- 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)
Word Origin and History for hypochondriasis
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
- 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.