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Definitions

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  • n. A hypochondriac who researches his/her potential medical condition on the Internet.

Etymologies

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Blend of cyber- and hypochondriac

Examples

  • Although Microsoft Word still underlines it in red, googling the word cyberchondriac provides 46,800 hits, and the term cyberchondria has had its own Wikipedia entry since June, 2005.

    Slaw » Resources for Cyberchondriacs » Print

  • The term "cyberchondriac" refers to those who use the Internet to look for health-related information.

    Discussion Forum - TuDiabetes

  • A "cyberchondriac" is someone who thinks they have got every disease they find on the internet, and "fauxtography" describes the art of doctoring pictures.

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  • But the problem is you can cross from safe surfing to cyberchondriac pretty easily.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2007

  • So what can you do if you think you're a cyberchondriac?

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2007

  • So let's take a look at a list of things that you can watch for in yourself when you know you've crossed over to becoming a cyberchondriac.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2007

  • COHEN: There's a couple of things that you can do to sort of do safe surfing without becoming a cyberchondriac.

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2007

  • So, how do you know when you've crossed over to the dark side and become a cyberchondriac?

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2007

  • PHILLIPS: All right, so if you think you're a cyberchondriac, what do you do?

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2007

  • The sanctimony that comes with the eye roll and the cyberchondriac label may be an extreme example, but it's still a problem if doctors continue to walk into the exam room with the belief that patients always need to be disabused of the wrong and sensationalistic information they picked up while trolling the Net.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

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  • cyberchondriac; n. a person who uses the internet for diagnosing the "disease" one might have after noticing weird symptoms.

    April 9, 2012

  • Don't dismiss 'cyberchondriacs' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8528774.stm

    February 26, 2010

  • A post-modern species of hypochondria wherein the hypochondriac imagines s/he suffers from a disease based upon symptoms and descriptions gleaned from the ubiquitous medical information on the internet.

    December 31, 2008

  • Good one, sionnach.

    February 17, 2008

  • A particularly pleasing invention and, I think, one that will come chillingly true.

    February 17, 2008

  • a hypochondriac with access to all those fine medical and disease-related internet sites

    February 16, 2008