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hypochondriasis

Definitions

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

  • n. See hypochondria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mental disorder characterized by excessive fear of or preoccupation with a serious illness, despite medical testing and reassurance to the contrary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mental disorder in which melancholy and gloomy views torment the affected person, particularly concerning his own health; a morbid and deluded belief that one is afflicted with disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hypochondria.

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

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

Etymologies

hypochondr(ia) + -iasis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, a more correct term for hypochondria, from hypochondrium + -iasis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fortunate that it was so, otherwise a lunatic asylum, or a permanent state of what the doctors call hypochondriasis, might have followed.

    Canada and the States

  • While Harris Interactive refers to those who surf the web for medical or health-related information as "cyberchondriacs", this is not exactly correct as the portmanteau derives from hypochondriasis, which is a morbid obsession with imaginary physical ailments whereas the adults surveyed in the poll merely admitted to looking online for health information.

    Silicon Republic - News

  • So she doesn't actually meet the official psychiatric definition of "hypochondriasis," in which a misinterpretation of symptoms leads to a preoccupation with having a serious illness that interferes with daily functions and lasts at least six months despite reassurances from a doctor.

    Dr. Jon LaPook: What Would Susie Say? Susie Essman's Enlarged Prostate

  • Too much sex could cause not only vertigo and epilepsy but also “seminal weakness, impotence . . . pulmonary consumption, hypochondriasis, loss of memory . . . and death.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • True hypochondriasis can be a devastating illness but fortunately affects only about three percent of the population.

    Dr. Jon LaPook: What Would Susie Say? Susie Essman's Enlarged Prostate

  • The least mature—or psychotic defenses include: denial, distortion, and delusional projection paranoia; the immature defenses are: fantasy, projection, hypochondriasis, passive-aggression and acting out.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Note also the profound hypochondriasis and fear that they are being infected by a "cancer"--again, a plot presumably put together by the Jews.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • He had a little spike in the hypochondriasis scale—but then, who didn't?

    The Girls He Adored

  • In the Middle Ages, melancholia was also used to identify what today would be considered dysthymia, “minor” depressions, and hypochondriasis.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • Reactivity of mood, hypochondriasis, significant features of anxiety, and premorbid anxious and fearful personality traits are cited as predictors of a poor response.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

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