hypochondria

  • 1 hypochondria — 1839, illness without a specific cause, earlier (1660s) depression or melancholy without real cause, earlier still (late 14c.) ipocondrie upper abdomen, from L.L. hypochondria the abdomen, from Gk. hypokhondria (neuter plural of hypokhondrios),… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 Hypochondria — Hy po*chon dri*a, n. [NL.] (Med.) 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}. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 hypochondria — hypochondria; hypomania /haypakondriya, hipa/haypameyn(i)ya, hipa / See insanity …

    Black's law dictionary

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  • 5 hypochondria — ► NOUN ▪ abnormal chronic anxiety about one s health. ORIGIN Greek hupokhondria, denoting the soft body area below the ribs, originally thought to be the seat of melancholy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 hypochondria — [hī΄pə kän′drē ə] n. [ModL < LL, pl., abdomen (the supposed seat of the condition) < pl. of Gr hypochondrion, soft part of the body below the cartilage of the breastbone < hypo (see HYPO ) + chondros, cartilage, by dissimilation <… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 hypochondria — [16] Originally, hypochondria was an anatomical term, denoting the ‘area of the abdomen beneath the ribs’. It comes via Latin from Greek hupokhóndrion, a compound noun formed from the prefix hupo ‘under’ and khóndros ‘cartilage’. This particular… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 8 hypochondria — [16] Originally, hypochondria was an anatomical term, denoting the ‘area of the abdomen beneath the ribs’. It comes via Latin from Greek hupokhóndrion, a compound noun formed from the prefix hupo ‘under’ and khóndros ‘cartilage’. This particular… …

    Word origins

  • 9 Hypochondria — Hypochondrium Hy po*chon dri*um, n.; pl. L. {Hypochondria}, E. {Hypochondriums}. [L., fr. Gr. ?, from ? under the cartilage of the breastbone; ? under + ? cartilage.] (Anat.) Either of the hypochondriac regions. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 hypochondria — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Late Latin, plural, upper abdomen (formerly regarded as the seat of hypochondria), from Greek, literally, the parts under the cartilage (of the breastbone), from hypo + chondros cartilage Date: 1668 extreme… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 hypochondria — hy|po|chon|dri|a [ˌhaıpəˈkɔndriə US ˈka:n ] n [U] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: (plural), parts of the body just below the chest (which was thought to be where hypochondria came from), from Greek, parts below the central bone in the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 hypochondria — [[t]ha͟ɪpəkɒ̱ndriə[/t]] N UNCOUNT If someone suffers from hypochondria, they continually worry about their health and imagine that they are ill, although there is really nothing wrong with them …

    English dictionary

  • 13 hypochondria — /haɪpəˈkɒndriə / (say huypuh kondreeuh) noun 1. Also, hypochondriasis /haɪpəkɒnˈdraɪəsəs/ (say huypuhkon druyuhsuhs). Psychology a condition characterised by depression and unfounded anxiety about one s health. 2. (originally as plural) the parts …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 hypochondria —   n. morbid nervous depression; continual and causeless anxiety about one s health, especially concerning imaginary illnesses.    ♦ hypochondriac, a.; n. person suffering from hypochondria.    ♦ hypochondrial, a.    ♦ hypochondry, n …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 15 hypochondria — /huy peuh kon dree euh/, n. 1. Also, hypochondriasis /huy poh keuhn druy euh sis/. Psychiatry. an excessive preoccupation with one s health, usually focusing on some particular symptom, as cardiac or gastric problems. 2. excessive worry or talk… …

    Universalium

  • 16 hypochondria — noun A psychological disorder characterized by excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness. See Also: hypochondriac, hypochondriacal, hypochondriasis, hypochondrium …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 hypochondria — SYN: hypochondriasis. * * * hy·po·chon·dria .hī pə kän drē ə n extreme depression of mind or spirits often centered on imaginary physical ailments specif HYPOCHONDRIASIS * * * n. preoccupation with the physical functioning of the body and with… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 hypochondria — Synonyms and related words: abstraction, abulia, accident neurosis, alienation, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxiety state, apathy, association neurosis, battle fatigue, blast neurosis, cachexia, cachexy,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 hypochondria — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. depression, anxiety, melancholia, imagined ill health, melancholy, despondency, doldrums, low spirits, dejection, anxiety neurosis; see also neurosis , pretense 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 hypochondria — hy|po|chon|dri|a [ ,haıpou kandriə ] noun uncount a mental condition in which someone worries a lot about their health and thinks they are sick when they are not …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English