Definition of hypochondriac noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndriæk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhaɪpəˈkɑːndriæk//
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a person who suffers from hypochondria Don't be such a hypochondriac!—there's nothing wrong with you. Word Originlate 16th cent.: coined in French from Greek hupokhondriakos, from hupokhondria, denoting the soft body area below the ribs, from hupo ‘under’ + khondros ‘sternal cartilage’. Melancholy was originally thought to arise from the liver, gall bladder, spleen, etc.

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