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agoraphobia

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noun ag·o·ra·pho·bia \ˌa-g(ə-)rə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Simple Definition of agoraphobia

  • : a fear of being in open or public places

Full Definition of agoraphobia

  1. :  abnormal fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or unescapable situation that is characterized especially by the avoidance of open or public places

ag·o·ra·phobeplay \ˈa-g(ə-)rə-ˌfōb\ noun
ag·o·ra·pho·bicplay \-ˈfō-bik\ adjective or noun

Examples of agoraphobia

  1. a patient suffering from agoraphobia



Origin of agoraphobia

New Latin, from Greek agora + New Latin -phobia


First Known Use: 1873


Medical Dictionary

agoraphobia

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noun ag·o·ra·pho·bia \ˌag(-ə)-rə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of agoraphobia

  1. :  abnormal fear of being helpless in a situation from which escape may be difficult or embarrassing that is characterized initially often by panic or anticipatory anxiety and finally by avoidance of open or public places





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