hypochondria

[ hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə /

noun

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

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)

hypochondrium

[ 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.

Origin of hypochondrium

1690–1700; < New Latin < Greek hypochóndrion abdomen. See hypochondria, -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for hypo-chondria (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for hypo-chondria (2 of 2)

hypochondrium

/ (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)

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

Medicine definitions for hypo-chondria (2 of 2)

hypochondrium

[ hī′pə-kŏndrē-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

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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