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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: One who is excessively and chronically preoccupied with imaginary or innocuous symptoms as indicators of some serious disease.
From Greek hypochondrios (abdomen, which was believed to be the seat of melancholy), from hypo- (under) + khondros (cartilage [of the breastbone]). Earliest documented use: 1599.
"'Gadhafi was described as a hypochondriac who insisted that all examinations and procedures be filmed and then spent hours reviewing them with physicians whom he trusted,' the ambassador reported."
Joshua Norman; U.S. Envoy to Libya Wikileaks' First Casualty?; CBS News (New York); Jan 5, 2011.
See more usage examples of hypochondriac in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind. -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)
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