phobia

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

phobia \pho"bi*a\ (f[=o]"b[-e]*[.a]) n. Any irrational and persistent fear, whether of a situation, activity, or object; a phobia typically leads to a strong desire to avoid the object of the phobia.

Syn: phobic disorder, phobic neurosis. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

-phobia \-pho"bi*a\ (f[=o]"b[-e]*[.a]) suffix A combining form used as a suffix to designate specific phobias, such as agoraphobia (fear of public places), acrophobia (fear of heights). The first part of the combining form is usually derived from Greek. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

phobia

noun

1: an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations; "phobic disorder is a general term for all phobias" [syn: {phobia}, {phobic disorder}, {phobic neurosis}]


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