Origin of hypochondriaModern Latin from LL, plural , abdomen (the supposed seat of the condition) from plural of Classical Greek hypochondrion, soft part of the body below the cartilage of the breastbone from hypo- (see hypo-) + chondros, cartilage, by dissimilation from -chrondros from Indo-European an unverified form ghren- from base an unverified form gher-, to pulverize, rub hard from source grind, ground
- The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill even though there is no medical evidence of illness.
- A psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive concern about having a serious illness. Patients formerly diagnosed with this disorder are now often diagnosed with either somatic symptom disorder (if physical symptoms are present) or illness anxiety disorder (if physical symptoms are not present). Also called hypochondriasis .
- Plural of hypochondrium
Origin of hypochondriaLate Latin abdomen from Greek hupokhondria pl. of hupokhondrion abdomen (held to be the seat of melancholy) from neuter of hupokhondrios under the cartilage of the breastbone hupo- hypo- khondros cartilage ; see ghrendh- in Indo-European roots.
- The technical use of hypochondria is as a synonym for hypochondriasis, while the colloquial use approximates somatization disorder (a different somatoform disorder). In cases where ambiguity is undesirable and the context may not be sufficient to identify the intended sense, it may be preferable to avoid the term hypochondria, using one of these terms instead.
From Medieval Latin hypochondria (“the morbid condition so called, supposed to have its seat in the upper part of the abdomen”), from New Latin hypochondrium (see hypochondrium for more).