Literally meaning: “under the cartilage of the breastbone”
Origin: Anc Greek
υπό/hypo (prefix meaning "under", "beneath", "less")
+ χόνδρος/chondros (=thick, coarse salt, soft bone, carilages in the region between the ribs and navel)
In ancient Greece there was the belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy .
Hypochondria or hypochondriasis is is a long-term condition in which a person without cause has an excessive preoccupying fear of having a serious or life-threatening disease.