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phobic

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adjective pho·bic \ˈfō-bik\

Simple Definition of phobic

  • : of, relating to, or having an extremely strong fear or dislike of someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of phobic

  1. :  of, relating to, affected with, or constituting phobia

phobic noun

Examples of phobic in a sentence

  1. She is phobic about heights.



1897

First Known Use of phobic

1897


-phobic

adjective combining form pho·bic

Simple Definition of -phobic

  • : having an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -phobic

  1. 1 a :  having an intolerance or aversion for <photophobic> <Anglophobic> b :  exhibiting a phobia for <claustrophobic>

  2. 2 :  lacking affinity for <hydrophobic>

Origin of -phobic

French -phobique, from Late Latin -phobicus, from Greek -phobikos, from -phobia


Medical Dictionary

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phobic

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adjective pho·bic \ˈfō-bik\

Medical Definition of phobic

  1. :  of, relating to, affected with, marked by, involving, or constituting a phobia <phobic disorders> <a phobic person> <phobic anxiety> <phobic situations>




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phobic

noun pho·bic

Medical Definition of phobic

  1. :  one who exhibits a phobia




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "phobic"


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