Hypochondria meaning

hīpə-kŏndrē-ə
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The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often involving symptoms when illness is neither present nor likely, and persisting despite reassurance and medical evidence to the contrary.
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Abnormal anxiety over one's health, often with imagined symptoms and severe melancholy.
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The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill even though there is no medical evidence of illness.
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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).
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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. &diamf3; A person with hypochondria is called a hypochondriac.
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(medicine) A psychological disorder characterized by excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness.
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(anatomy) Plural form of hypochondrium.
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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).

    From Wiktionary