hypochondria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hypochondria chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hypochondria (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hypochondria 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. Hypochondria, real or affected, was formerly also called spleen, vapors, and other vague names. Also hypochondriacism, hypochondriasis, hypochondriasm.
    • n hypochondria Plural of hypochondrium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hypochondria hip-o-kon′dri-a a nervous malady, often arising from indigestion, and tormenting the patient with imaginary fears—more correctly, Hypochondrī′asis—also Hypochonrī′acism, Hypochondrī′asis, Hypochon′driasm
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Quotations

  • Goodman Ace
    Goodman Ace
    “The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your own body and get interested in someone else s.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr., from hypo, under, chrondos, a cartilage.

Usage

In literature:

Worry sometimes develops into hysteria; again it takes the form of hypochondria or chronic blues.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
It suffers from a condition which, in an individual, would be called hypochondria.
"Herein is Love" by Reuel L. Howe
And yet withal this hypochondria, what was it but the very greatness of the man?
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
And yet withal this hypochondria, what was it but the very greatness of the man?
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
Hypochondria, in its more aggravated forms, is a very common result of secret vice.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
He was depressed in hypochondria, and was physically ill.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
No wonder such excesses produced violent reaction to low spirits and the 'black dog' of hypochondria.
"James Boswell" by William Keith Leask
The psychosis, Dagonet says, is not pure but more a mixture of hypochondria and depression.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
But she could not desert Davidge at such a time or mar his triumph by her hypochondria.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Nor, lastly, is he subject to hypochondria or depression of spirits.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
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In poetry:

At three in the morning I used to be sleeping an untroubled
sleep in my bed.
But lately at three in the morning I'm tossing and turning,
Awakened by hypochondria, and gas, and nameless dread,
Whose name I've been learning. (worry)
"Three (O'clock) in the Morning" by Judith Viorst
have eaten The Cross, have digested its lore,
indeed, have loved that eggless man once more,
have placed my own head in the kettle because
in the end death won't settle for my hypochondrias,
because this errand we're on goes to one store.
"The Errand" by Anne Sexton

In news:

Saving Grace (and Much More) of ' Hypochondria '.
Hypochondria Woeful Imaginations By Susan Baur 252 pages.
The hero, David Alan Kepesh, has Alex Portnoy's verbal gifts, his irony, his apparent public success, and his private hypochondria.
"Symptaid" - or "sympathy for all" - was the "cure" for the millions of Americans who suffer from hypochondria.
New book tries to explain the roots of hypochondria.
Whether you call it hypochondria or American exceptionalism, the numbers are plain: Americans lead the world in diagnoses of mental health problems.
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