Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The persistent 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. Also called hypochondriasis.
  • n. Plural of hypochondrium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A psychological disorder characterized by excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness.
  • n. Plural form of hypochondrium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An excessive concern about one's own health, particularly a morbid worry about illnesses which a person imagines are affecting him, often focusing on specific symptoms; also called hypochondriasis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A morbid condition characterized by exaggerated uneasiness and anxiety as to one's health, and also by extreme general depression; low spirits: in this sense often abbreviated hypo, or formerly hyp, hip. See hypo. hip.
  • n. Plural of hypochondrium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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). (Wiktionary)

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  • *sits up*

    January 31, 2009

  • The term hypochondria was coined by the ancient Greeks from Hypo = below + Chondros = cartilage (of the ribs). It was their opinion that the set of symptoms originated just below the ribs (i.e. in the upper abdomen). So, sit up straight and don't slouch. They also believed that the psychological symptoms which often accompanied the ailment were the result of the illness. See: cyberchondria.

    January 31, 2009

  • la maladie sans maladie

    May 12, 2008