[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. hypochlorous,
  2. hypochlorous acid,
  3. hypochloruria,
  4. hypocholesteremia,
  5. hypocholesterolemia,
  6. hypochondriac,
  7. hypochondriacal melancholia,
  8. hypochondriasis,
  9. hypochondrium,
  10. hypochondroplasia

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 hypochondriasis


/ (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

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Medicine definitions for hypochondriasis


[ hī′pə-kən-drīə-sĭs ]

n. pl. hy•po•chon•dri•a•ses (-sēz′)



[ hī′pə-kŏndrē-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

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Science definitions for hypochondriasis


[ 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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