Definition of hypochondria in English:



  • [mass noun] Abnormal chronic anxiety about one's health.

    • ‘As she coaxed out my tale of hypochondria and patiently explained the phenomenon of growing pains, my mother rocked me in her arms.’
    • ‘Among his many contributions to pathology was his observation of cholelithiasis as a disease distinct from mere hypochondria or epigastic pain.’
    • ‘I've mostly cracked the neurotic hypochondria I suffered from as a teenager, but once in a while it creeps back into my life.’
    • ‘Vata personalities tend toward hypochondria, and Kaphas are known as masters of the art of avoidance.’
    • ‘The result for her is misery, a permanent state of irritation, dissatisfaction, and hypochondria.’
    • ‘Experts say that an abnormal fixation on STDs can be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder or hypochondria.’
    • ‘In fact, depression, paranoid reactions and hypochondria are quite common among the aged and should be properly addressed.’
    • ‘I have found that it helps slow the spread of hypochondria.’
    • ‘The biggest damage to health has instead come from hypochondria and well-meaning but misguided attempts to help people.’
    • ‘My dad, despite his rampant hypochondria, had always been healthy.’
    • ‘At first glance, it might be tempting to dismiss this fear of blindness as hypochondria and leave it at that.’
    • ‘My annual bout of dental hypochondria came late this year.’
    • ‘Grandma's elephantine ankles, mother's hypochondria, Grandpa's grubbiness, are all experienced as her own.’
    • ‘Many natives of this sign lean toward hypochondria.’
    • ‘I suspected, though, that Donald had more than a touch of hypochondria, a malady from which a number of our relatives suffered.’
    • ‘This week's feature is one from myself, all about hypochondria and health anxiety.’
    • ‘My hypochondria has eased a bit over the past 35 years - now I worry more about my kids' health, freaking out over every sniffle and scrape.’
    • ‘People with hypochondria really believe they're sick.’
    • ‘However, my mum's therapist simply told me I had a case of hypochondria.’
    • ‘I think it's just paranoid hypochondria: now that I've bought the car I'm scared I won't be able to drive it without crippling myself.’
    imagined ill health, valetudinarianism, anxiety about one's health, preoccupation with one's health, health obsession
    hypochondriasis, hypochondriacism
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Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek hupokhondria, denoting the soft body area below the ribs, from hupo under + khondros sternal cartilage. Melancholy was originally thought to arise from the liver, gall bladder, spleen, etc..