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

  • n. A person affected with hypochondria.
  • adj. Relating to or affected with hypochondria.
  • adj. Anatomy Relating to or located in the hypochondrium.

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  • adj. Related to, or affected by hypochondria
  • adj. Related to, or located in the hypochondrium.
  • n. A person affected with hypochondria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to hypochondria, or the hypochondriac regions.
  • adj. Affected, characterized, or produced, by hypochondriasis.
  • n. A person affected with hypochondria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anat: Situated below the cartilages of the ribs—that is, under the “shortribs”: specifically applied in human anatomy to the region of either hypochondrium. See third cut under abdominal.
  • Same as hypochondria!.
  • In entomology, of or pertaining to the hypochondria, or basal ventral plates of the abdomen: as, the hypochondriac segment.
  • In pathology, suffering from hypochondria; morbidly anxious about one's health, and affected with general depression of spirits; also, characteristic of or produced by hypochondria.
  • n. A person affected with hypochondria; one who is morbidly anxious about his health, and generally depressed.

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

  • n. a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
  • adj. suffering from hypochondria


From Ancient Greek ὑποχονδριακός (hupochondriakos, "of the region between the ribs and navel"), from ὑποχόνδριος (hupochondrios, "the space between the ribs and the navel"), from ὑπό (hupo, "below") + χόνδρος (chondros, "cartilage") (Wiktionary)


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  • That'd be thinking you're fine when you're really sick? Isn't that most guys? I certainly avoid the doctor if possible

    September 21, 2007

  • Is there such a thing as a hyperchondriac?

    September 21, 2007