hypochondriac’ and ‘Cyberchondriac’

A hypochondriac someone who constantly worries about his health. Although there may be nothing really wrong with him, he always imagines that there is something seriously wrong.  A hypochondriac is obsessed about his health. He has imaginary ailments.  Such people give doctors a tough time.

Examples: “Luckily, we don’t have a hypochondriac in our family.”

A cyberchondriac  is someone who gets all his medical information from the Internet or reads about the various diseases going around and imagines that he has them too.

Example: “I am told that my boss’ wife is a cyberchondriac.”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – September 11, 2006.


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