[ hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə /
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.
Hyper vs. HypoLet’s start from the top: Hyper- is a prefix that means excess or exaggeration, while hypo- is another prefix that means under or beneath. Both hyper and hypo are usually used as prefixes, which are elements or partial words added to the beginning of a base word to modify its meaning. Hyper is derived from the Greek word for over, and hypo is a Greek …
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of hypochondria
1555–65; < Late Latin < Greek, neuter plural of hypochóndrios pertaining to the upper abdomen (supposed seat of melancholy), equivalent to hypo- hypo- + chóndr(os) ensiform cartilage + -ios adj. suffix
Definition for hypo-chondria (2 of 2)
[ hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh m ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri əm /
noun, plural hy·po·chon·dri·a [hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh] /ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə/. Anatomy.
either of two regions of the abdomen, situated on each side of the epigastrium and above the lumbar regions.
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British Dictionary definitions for hypo-chondria (1 of 2)
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndrɪə) /
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 for hypochondria
C18: from Late Latin: the abdomen, supposedly the seat of melancholy, from Greek hupokhondria, from hupokhondrios of the upper abdomen, from hypo- + khondros cartilage
British Dictionary definitions for hypo-chondria (2 of 2)
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndrɪəm) /
noun plural -dria (-drɪə)
anatomy the upper region of the abdomen on each side of the epigastrium, just below the lowest ribs
Word Origin for hypochondrium
C17: from New Latin, from Greek hupokhondrion; see hypochondria
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Medicine definitions for hypo-chondria (1 of 2)
[ hī′pə-kŏn′drē-ə ]
The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely.hypochondriasis
Medicine definitions for hypo-chondria (2 of 2)
[ hī′pə-kŏn′drē-əm ]
n. pl. hy•po•chon•dri•a (-drē-ə)
The upper lateral region of the abdomen on either side of the epigastrium and below the lower ribs.
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Science definitions for hypo-chondria
[ hī′pə-kŏn′drē-ə ]
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.
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