Definition of hypochondria in English:



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

    • ‘I suspected, though, that Donald had more than a touch of hypochondria, a malady from which a number of our relatives suffered.’
    • ‘I've mostly cracked the neurotic hypochondria I suffered from as a teenager, but once in a while it creeps back into my life.’
    • ‘The biggest damage to health has instead come from hypochondria and well-meaning but misguided attempts to help people.’
    • ‘Vata personalities tend toward hypochondria, and Kaphas are known as masters of the art of avoidance.’
    • ‘At first glance, it might be tempting to dismiss this fear of blindness as hypochondria and leave it at that.’
    • ‘Grandma's elephantine ankles, mother's hypochondria, Grandpa's grubbiness, are all experienced as her own.’
    • ‘I have found that it helps slow the spread of hypochondria.’
    • ‘My dad, despite his rampant hypochondria, had always been healthy.’
    • ‘However, my mum's therapist simply told me I had a case of hypochondria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many natives of this sign lean toward 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.’
    • ‘The result for her is misery, a permanent state of irritation, dissatisfaction, and hypochondria.’
    • ‘In fact, depression, paranoid reactions and hypochondria are quite common among the aged and should be properly addressed.’
    • ‘This week's feature is one from myself, all about hypochondria and health anxiety.’
    • ‘Among his many contributions to pathology was his observation of cholelithiasis as a disease distinct from mere hypochondria or epigastic pain.’
    • ‘People with hypochondria really believe they're sick.’
    • ‘My annual bout of dental hypochondria came late this year.’
    • ‘Experts say that an abnormal fixation on STDs can be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder or hypochondria.’
    • ‘As she coaxed out my tale of hypochondria and patiently explained the phenomenon of growing pains, my mother rocked me in her arms.’
    imagined ill health, valetudinarianism, anxiety about one's health, preoccupation with one's health, health obsession
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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..