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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.
(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)
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]
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.
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hypochondria[ˌhaɪpəʊˈkɒndrɪə] N → hipocondría f
hypochondria[ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndriə] n → hypocondrie f
n → Hypochondrie f
hypochondria[ˌhaɪpəʊˈkɒndrɪə] n → ipocondria
n. hipocondría, excesiva preocupación por la salud propia, con síntomas imaginarios de enfermedades.