ac·​ro·​pho·​bia | \ ˌa-krə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce acrophobia (audio) \

Definition of acrophobia

: abnormal dread of being in a high place : fear of heights

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Other Words from acrophobia

acrophobe \ ˈa-​krə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce acrophobe (audio) \ noun
acrophobic \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce acrophobic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acrophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples: acrophobia, the fear of heights; arachnophobia, the fear of spiders. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Feeling Anxious? So Is Everyone Else. This Guide Will Help.," 8 July 2019 Latest Stories Virtual reality helped people with acrophobia, a fear of heights, overcome their fear and venture onto mountains and rope bridges, researchers said. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of acrophobia

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrophobia

borrowed from Italian acrofobia, from acro- acro- + -fobia -phobia

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The first known use of acrophobia was circa 1888

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“Acrophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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ac·​ro·​pho·​bia | \ ˌak-rə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce acrophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of acrophobia

: abnormal or pathological dread of being in a high place : fear of heights

Other Words from acrophobia

acrophobic \ -​bik How to pronounce acrophobic (audio) \ adjective

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