chondro-, chondr-, chrondrio-, chondri-, -chondriac, -chondrias, -chondromatous, -chondroma, -chondromas, -chondromata
(Greek: groat, grain, any small rounded mass; cartilage, gristle, granule, or a relationship to cartilage)
A more flexible kind of cartilage connects muscles with bones and makes up other parts of the body; such as, the larynx and the outside parts of the ears.
2. A situation in which people surf the net in a frenzy of health anxiety: Sometimes cyberchondria makes people imagine they are more ill than they really are.
3. Etymology: cyberchondria is a neologism which is derived from the terms cyber- + [hypo]chondria (chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments).
The element -chondria comes from Late Latin hypochondria, "the abdomen", from Greek hypokhondria (neuter plural of hypokhondrios), from hypo-, "under" + khondros, "cartilage" of the breastbone.
It comes from the ancient belief that the viscera of the hypochondria were the seat of melancholy and the sources of the vapors that caused such feelings.
2. An abnormal concern about one's health, with the false belief that one is suffering from some disease even when there are medical reassurances that the person is not ill: Glenda's doctor told her that there was no evidence that she was suffering from any kind of physical sickness; however, it was possible that she might have a psychological disorder known as hypochondria.