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[hahy-puh-kon-dree-uh] /ˌhaɪ pəˈkɒn dri ə/

Also, hypochondriasis
[hahy-poh-kuh n-drahy-uh-sis] /ˌhaɪ poʊ kənˈdraɪ ə sɪs/ (Show IPA). Psychiatry. an excessive preoccupation with one’s health, usually focusing on some particular symptom, as cardiac or gastric problems.
excessive worry or talk about one’s health.
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 (ˌhaɪpəʊkɒnˈdraɪəsɪs)

1766, from hypochondria + an unusual use of -osis.

1839, “illness without a specific cause,” earlier (1660s) “depression or melancholy without real cause,” earlier still (late 14c.) ipocondrie “upper abdomen,” from Late Latin hypochondria “the abdomen,” from Greek hypokhondria (neuter plural of hypokhondrios), from hypo- “under” (see sub-) + khondros “cartilage” (of the breastbone); see grind (v.). Reflecting ancient belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy and the source of the vapors that caused such feelings.

hypochondriasis hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis (hī’pə-kən-drī’ə-sĭs)
n. pl. hy·po·chon·dri·a·ses (-sēz’)
See hypochondria.

hypochondria hy·po·chon·dri·a (hī’pə-kŏn’drē-ə)
The neurotic conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often involving experiences of pain when illness is neither present nor likely. Also called hypochondriasis.
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. ◇ A person with hypochondria is called a hypochondriac.


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