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hypochondria

[ hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə /
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noun
Also hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis [hahy-poh-kuhn-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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for hypochondria

hypochondria
/ (ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndrɪə) /

noun
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
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Medical definitions for hypochondria

hypochondria
[ hī′pə-kŏndrē-ə ]

n.
The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often accompanied by physical symptoms, when illness is neither present nor likely.hypochondriasis
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Scientific definitions for hypochondria

hypochondria
[ hī′pə-kŏndrē-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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