- 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
- 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
- anatomy the upper region of the abdomen on each side of the epigastrium, just below the lowest ribs
Word Origin for hypochondrium
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.