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



BrE BrE//ˌhaɪpəˈkɒndriə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhaɪpəˈkɑːndriə//
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a state in which somebody worries all the time about their health and believes that they are ill/sick when there is nothing wrong with them Word Originlate Middle English: via late Latin from Greek 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hypochondria