Origin of hypochondria
- Late 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 ghrendh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).