hypochondria


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hy·po·chon·dri·a

 (hī′pə-kŏn′drē-ə)
n.
1. The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill even though there is no medical evidence of illness.
2. 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.
3. Plural of hypochondrium.

[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; see ghrendh- in Indo-European roots.]

hypochondria

(ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndrɪə)
n
(Psychiatry) chronic abnormal anxiety concerning the state of one's health, even in the absence of any evidence of disease on medical examination. Also called: hypochondriasis or hypochondriasm
[C18: from Late Latin: the abdomen, supposedly the seat of melancholy, from Greek hupokhondria, from hupokhondrios of the upper abdomen, from hypo- + khondros cartilage]

hy•po•chon•dri•a

(ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə)

also hy•po•chon•dri•a•sis

(-poʊ kənˈdraɪ ə sɪs)

n.
an excessive preoccupation with one's health, usu. focusing on some particular symptom; excessive worry about one's health.
[1555–65; < Late Latin < Greek, neuter pl. of hypochóndrios pertaining to the part of the abdomen under the ribs (supposed seat of melancholy) =hypo- hypo- + -chondrios, adj. derivative of chóndros cartilage of the breastbone]

hy·po·chon·dri·a

(hī′pə-kŏn′drē-ə)
A condition in which a person often believes that he or she is ill without actually being ill, or worries so much about becoming ill that it affects his or her life. ♦ A person with hypochondria is called a hypochondriac.

hypochondria

- First referred to the upper abdomen and the organs under the ribs (liver, gall bladder, spleen)—thought to be the source of melancholy.
See also related terms for melancholy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hypochondria - chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
anxiety, anxiousness - (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic

hypochondria

noun hypochondriasis, valetudinarianism People with such ruminations often have a tendency towards hypochondria.
Translations
hypokondriapelkosairaus

hypochondria

[ˌhaɪpəʊˈkɒndrɪə] Nhipocondría f

hypochondria

[ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndriə] nhypocondrie f

hypochondria

nHypochondrie f

hypochondria

[ˌhaɪpəʊˈkɒndrɪə] nipocondria

hy·po·chon·dri·a

n. hipocondría, excesiva preocupación por la salud propia, con síntomas imaginarios de enfermedades.
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