aero·​pho·​bia | \ ˌer-ō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce aerophobia (audio) \

Definition of aerophobia

: fear or strong dislike of flying : aviophobia Studies estimate as many as 50 million Americans suffer from some degree of aerophobia.— Andrew Tilghman

Other Words from aerophobia

aerophobe \ ˈer-​ō-​ˌfōb How to pronounce aerophobia (audio) \ or aerophobic \ ˌer-​ō-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce aerophobia (audio) \ noun, plural aerophobes or aerophobics
To combat anxiety, many of those nervous about air travel opt for video or audio tapes designed to relax the anxious aerophobe — Zlati Meyer As a chronic aerophobic, I've taken a number of courses over the years designed to help people overcome their fear, most of them based on the idea that knowledge is power. — Stephanie Merritt
aerophobic adjective
You can tell them flying a commercial jetliner once a year is safer than driving to work every weekday—and mortality statistics prove this. But statistics won't persuade an aerophobic person to get on a plane. — Matthew Lubenko

First Known Use of aerophobia

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerophobia

earlier, "fear of drafts or fresh air," borrowed from New Latin aërophobia, from aëro- aero- + -phobia -phobia

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“Aerophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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aero·​pho·​bia | \ ˌar-ō-ˈfō-bē-ə, ˌer- How to pronounce aerophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of aerophobia

1 : abnormal or excessive fear of drafts or of fresh air
2 : fear or strong dislike of flying

Other Words from aerophobia

aerophobic \ -​bik How to pronounce aerophobia (audio) \ adjective


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