from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often involving symptoms when illness is neither present nor likely, and persisting despite reassurance and medical evidence to the contrary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of hypochondrium.
  • noun A morbid condition characterized by exaggerated uneasiness and anxiety as to one's health, and also by extreme general depression; low spirits: in this sense often abbreviated hypo, or formerly hyp, hip. See hypo. hip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An excessive concern about one's own health, particularly a morbid worry about illnesses which a person imagines are affecting him, often focusing on specific symptoms; also called hypochondriasis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine A psychological disorder characterized by excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness.
  • noun anatomy Plural form of hypochondrium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin, abdomen, from Greek hupokhondria, pl. of hupokhondrion, abdomen (held to be the seat of melancholy), from neuter of hupokhondrios, under the cartilage of the breastbone : hupo-, hypo- + khondros, cartilage; see ghrendh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Medieval Latin hypochondria ("the morbid condition so called, supposed to have its seat in the upper part of the abdomen"), from New Latin hypochondrium (see hypochondrium for more).


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  • la maladie sans maladie

    May 12, 2008

  • The term hypochondria was coined by the ancient Greeks from Hypo = below + Chondros = cartilage (of the ribs). It was their opinion that the set of symptoms originated just below the ribs (i.e. in the upper abdomen). So, sit up straight and don't slouch. They also believed that the psychological symptoms which often accompanied the ailment were the result of the illness. See: cyberchondria.

    January 31, 2009

  • *sits up*

    January 31, 2009