hypochondriac (adj.) 1590s, "pertaining to the hypochondria," also "afflicted with melancholy," from Fr. hypocondriaque (16c.), from M.L. hypochondriacus, from Gk. hypokhondriakos "pertaining to the upper abdomen," from hypokhondria (see HYPOCHONDRIA (Cf. hypochondria)). The noun is from 1630s, "melancholy person;" in the modern sense from 1888.

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