Definition of hypochondria in English:



  • Abnormal anxiety about one's health, especially with an unwarranted fear that one has a serious disease.

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