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hypochondriac

hy·po·chon·dri·ac

hypochondriac

pronunciation:
haI p kan dri aek
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to the condition of hypochondria.
definition 2: indicating the area of the hypochondrium.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who suffers abnormal anxiety about his or her health.
derivations: hypochondriacal (adj.), hypochondriacally (adv.)
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The word hypochondriac contains the following part:
-ac Greek adjective-forming suffix that means in adjectives: of or pertaining to; resembling; in nouns: someone afflicted with;
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The suffix -ac attaches to Greek bases ending in the letter "i" to form adjectives and their noun extensions. Many English adjectives ending in -ac are loanwords from Greek via Latin. However, later words such as "dipsomaniac " are new English words modeled on loanwords.