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hydrophobia

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noun hy·dro·pho·bia \ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Definition of hydrophobia

  1. 1 :  rabies

  2. 2 :  a morbid dread of water



Origin and Etymology of hydrophobia

Late Latin, from Greek, from hydr- + -phobia -phobia


First Known Use: 1547


Medical Dictionary

hydrophobia

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noun hy·dro·pho·bia \ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of hydrophobia

  1. 1:  a morbid dread of water

  2. 2a:  extreme fearfulness of swallowing liquids that is symptomatic of rabies and results from painful spasms of the throat <In classic cases, there is a fear of drinking liquids, or hydrophobia, despite thirst due to spasm of the throat muscles.—Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, 24 Aug. 1993>b:  rabies <Rabies victims at first feel a general malaise and restlessness, then grow increasingly agitated with painful spasms of the throat. … Soon they cannot drink, which is why rabies has been called “hydrophobia.”—Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs, 1995>





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