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hypochondriasis

Pronunciation: hi'po-kon-dri'a-sis

Definition: A morbid concern about one's own health and exaggerated attention to any unusual bodily or mental sensations; a delusion that one is suffering from some disease for which no physical basis is evident.

Synonym(s): hypochondria, hypochondriacal neurosis

[fr. hypochondrium, regarded as the site of hypochondria, + G. -iasis, condition]

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