Definition of hypochondriac in English:



  • A person who is abnormally anxious about their health.

    • ‘Finally, on to a book that will delight social historians and hypochondriacs alike.’
    • ‘Is this an illness or is it an acceptable label for hypochondriacs?’
    • ‘Psychosocial problems may be, or become, predominant, especially if patients are treated as malingerers or hypochondriacs.’
    • ‘I'm not a hypochondriac: other than this, my health is great.’
    • ‘But I think that if people check themselves regularly, they will not become hypochondriacs, it will reassure them.’
    • ‘Her patients range from the terminally ill to manipulative hypochondriacs, from veiled Bangladeshi women to convicted felons.’
    • ‘Considering the number of hypochondriacs out there, that's probably just as well.’
    • ‘This is a valuable tool for individuals with compromised immune systems - and a virtual encyclopedia for hypochondriacs.’
    • ‘For hypochondriacs reading this, tell the cool heart attack story.’
    • ‘So there are a few hypochondriacs around then?’
    • ‘And like hypochondriacs, their diagnoses always are grim.’
    • ‘It is no surprise, then, if hypochondriacs like her are the biggest culprits at wasting water.’
    • ‘We true hypochondriacs resent people like you.’
    • ‘And, finally, there could be cemeteries for hypochondriacs which are, and will remain, eerily empty.’
    • ‘It's nearly impossible to ignore such complaints, because now and then, even hypochondriacs get sick.’
    • ‘And don't you dare think that migraines are just bad headaches for hypochondriacs.’
    • ‘It has been the hot tech topic for hypochondriacs and health buffs for years.’
    • ‘Some participants were instructed to show up at hospitals later, playing the role of hypochondriacs with mysterious symptoms.’
    • ‘Even hypochondriacs get sick, and the anti-discrimination lobby exists in part because real discrimination exists.’
    • ‘Jack wrote back explaining it's the sort of thing he's always wanted, not old hypochondriacs like myself in the city.’
    valetudinarian, valetudinary, neurotic
    malade imaginaire
    valetudinarian, valetudinary, malingering, neurotic, health-obsessed, obsessed with one's health, preoccupied with ill health, anxious about one's health
    hypochondriacal, hypochondric
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  • another term for hypochondriacal
    • ‘Mr Bennet is a very likeable character; sophisticated and witty; Mr Woodhouse is rather dim, a nervous, hypochondriac type.’
    • ‘My latent hypochondriac tendencies sometimes lead me to think that I am possibly displaying all the symptoms of SAD.’
    • ‘It eliminates hypochondriac pain and relieves stagnated anger.’
    • ‘This causes hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth and a wiry pulse.’
    • ‘Used for hypochondriac enlargements such as splenohepatomegaly.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, she is seeking solace in a new TV series called Monk - about a hypochondriac detective.’
    • ‘Also heavily featured is a hypochondriac police psychologist who provides Mr Paz's love interest.’
    • ‘It starts below the hypochondriac region, runs obliquely downward, then transversely around the waist like a belt.’
    • ‘The foot Shaoyang channel is distributed along the lateral side of the chest and hypochondriac region.’
    • ‘Lucy is a modestly successful artist encumbered with a drunken, hypochondriac father and an uncaring American boyfriend.’
    • ‘As the liver channel passes through the costal and hypochondriac regions, it causes pain in these areas.’
    • ‘In death Mrs. Churchill was quite forgiven; criticisms of the hypochondriac aunt transformed themselves into praise of the dead.’
    • ‘With his hypochondriac tendencies it's not hard to imagine why Mrs. Unger ran out of patience.’
    • ‘Does your hypochondriac friend really need to play in shin guards and a fitted plastic face mask?’
    • ‘The great collateral of the spleen is distributed over the chest and hypochondriac regions.’
    • ‘If you're not in enough pain to sue for 450 billion dollars then you're just a hypochondriac trying to get out of work.’
    • ‘Roe quotes Haydon's memory of Hunt as ‘a painful, hypochondriac soul’.’
    • ‘This point can be used in the treatment of disorders of zang organs, such as spleenomegaly, hepatomegaly, hypochondriac pain or jaundice.’
    • ‘Her portrayal as a hypochondriac makes for a beguiling approach and probably gives an accurate description of her journey.’
    • ‘The Shrink's been working on a series of short stories all focusing on one central character - a hypochondriac former psychiatrist.’


Late 16th century: coined in French from Greek hupokhondriakos, from hupokhondria (see hypochondria).