Definition of


  1. (noun, state) chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments

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Synonyms of Hypochondria


Alternate forms of Hypochondria

Derivations: hypochondriacal

Hypernyms: anxiety, anxiousness

Origin of the word Hypochondria

  1. 1839, "illness without a specific cause," earlier (1668) "depression or melancholy without real cause," earlier still (1373) ypocandria "upper abdomen," from L.L. hypochondria "the abdomen," from Gk. hypochondria (neut. pl.), from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + chondros "cartilage" (of the breastbone). Reflecting ancient belief that the viscera of… more

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Words that sound like Hypochondria

hypsometer, hypsometry

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