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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: (plural), 'parts of the body just below the chest' (which was thought to be where hypochondria came from), from Greek, 'parts below the central bone in the chest', from hypo- ( HYPO-) + chondros 'cartilage'

hypochondria

noun
     
hy‧po‧chon‧dri‧a [uncountable]
when someone continuously worries that there is something wrong with their health, even when they are not ill

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