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Cyberchondriac

noun; blending and clipping
thinking one is always sick because of self-diagnoses on the internet With the emergence of the internet as a universal source of information, people often replace trained professionals with a website. Many websites allow a person search for medical disorders by typing in a combination of symptoms. Just as a hypochondriac who always thinks he is sick and has been contaminated by the latest virus, a cyberchondriac diagnoses himself online at any sign of discomfort.
 
Due to WebMD.com, many internet users have become cyberchondriacs.
Etymology : blending and cliping of cyber(space) + (hypo)chondraic
Source : The Houston Chronicle
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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