Most women would be shocked and surprised to learn the origin of the root hyster/o, used for the…

Most women would be shocked and surprised to learn the
origin of the root hyster/o, used for the uterus. It comes from the same root
as the words hysterical and hysterics and was based on the very old belief that
the womb was the source of mental disturbances in women. A similar history lies
at the origin of the word hypochondriac, a term for someone who has imaginary
illnesses. The hypochondriac regions are in the upper portions of the abdomen,
an area that the ancients believed was the seat of mental disorders.