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hypochondria

[hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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

hypochondrium

[hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh m]
noun, plural hy·po·chon·dri·a [hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh] /ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə/. Anatomy.
  1. either of two regions of the abdomen, situated on each side of the epigastrium and above the lumbar regions.
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Origin of hypochondrium

1690–1700; < New Latin < Greek hypochóndrion abdomen. See hypochondria, -ium
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hypochondria

noun
  1. 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)
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Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin: the abdomen, supposedly the seat of melancholy, from Greek hupokhondria, from hupokhondrios of the upper abdomen, from hypo- + khondros cartilage

hypochondrium

noun plural -dria (-drɪə)
  1. anatomy the upper region of the abdomen on each side of the epigastrium, just below the lowest ribs
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Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Greek hupokhondrion; see hypochondria
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Word Origin and History for hypochondria

n.

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.

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hypochondria in Medicine

hypochondria

(hī′pə-kŏndrē-ə)
n.
  1. 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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hypochondrium

(hī′pə-kŏndrē-əm)
n. pl. hy•po•chon•dri•a (-drē-ə)
  1. The upper lateral region of the abdomen on either side of the epigastrium and below the lower ribs.
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hypochondria in Science

hypochondria

[hī′pə-kŏndrē-ə]
  1. 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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