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claustrophobia

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noun claus·tro·pho·bia \ˌklȯs-trə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Simple Definition of claustrophobia

  • : a fear of being in closed or small spaces

  • : an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or restricts you

Full Definition of claustrophobia

  1. :  abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces

claus·tro·phobe play \ˈklȯs-trə-ˌfōb\ noun

Examples of claustrophobia

  1. She doesn't go in elevators because of her claustrophobia.

  2. the claustrophobia of small-town life



Origin of claustrophobia

New Latin, from Latin claustrum + New Latin -phobia


First Known Use: 1879


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claustrophobia

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noun claus·tro·pho·bia \ˌklȯ-strə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of claustrophobia

  1. :  abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces




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