hypochondriacal

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Etymology[edit]

From hypochondriac +‎ -al.

Adjective[edit]

hypochondriacal (comparative more hypochondriacal, superlative most hypochondriacal)

  1. (obsolete) Coming from the hypochondria; pertaining to or caused by depressive spirits.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , I.iii.2.2:
      Fracastorius, Fallopius, and others, being to give their sentence of a party labouring of hypochondriacal melancholy, could not find out by the symptoms which part was most especially affected […].
  2. Suffering from hypochondria.
    • 2009, January 23, “Eve M. Kahn”, in Conversation-Piece Buys, Maybe. Intriguing Histories, Definitely.[1]:
      [] the hypochondriacal British ceramist William De Morgan, who spent winters in Florence for his health while gradually bankrupting his business back home producing iridescent mythological scenes on tiles, vases and plates.

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