hypochondria

Part of speech: noun

A morbid melancholy and anxiety of mind.

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Usage examples "hypochondria":

  1. She, therefore, would have no difficulty in thinking that such a life was consistent with cheerfulness, but ordinary readers will ask how it could fail to bring on another fit of hypochondria. - "Cowper", Goldwin Smith.
  2. There was a great consultation of doctors upon her case, and after it had taken place, the doctors came to the Bishop and said, 'The case of Madame de Salis is an extraordinary one; it is a most peculiar, but still a known form of hypochondria. - "Story of My Life, volumes 1-3", Augustus J. C. Hare.
  3. Yet, whatever efforts he made, and however firmly he adhered to his resolution of silence, the hypochondria from which he suffered could not escape the notice of the 'grand chasserot'. - "A Woodland Queen, Complete", Andre Theuriet Last Updated: March 3, 2009.