aich·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌāk-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce aichmophobia (audio) , -mō- \

Definition of aichmophobia

: a morbid fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as scissors, knives, or hypodermic needles) : belonephobia While there is probably a touch of aichmophobia in all humans, most of us tough it out, look the other way or think of something else when we get shots …— Ranit Mishori

Other Words from aichmophobia

aichmophobe \ ˈāk-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce aichmophobia (audio) , -​mō-​ \ noun, plural aichmophobes
aichmophobic \ ˌāk-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce aichmophobia (audio) , -​mō-​ \ adjective
… it eases people into acupuncture when they're aichmophobic (afraid of pointy objects) because it's also relaxing and comforting. — Tricia Caspers

First Known Use of aichmophobia

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aichmophobia

borrowed from French aichmophobie, from Greek aichmḗ "point of a spear, spear" + French -o- -o- + -phobie -phobia; aichmḗ going back to Indo-European *h2ei̯ḱ-(s)m- (whence also Lithuanian iẽšmas "spit, skewer," Old Prussian aysmis), perhaps derivative of a verbal base *h2ei̯ḱ- "run through (with a pointed object), spear, skewer"

Note: See the etymology of Latin īcere "to strike with a weapon, smite" at ictus.

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“Aichmophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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aich·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌāk-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə, -mō- How to pronounce aichmophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of aichmophobia

: a morbid fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as scissors or a needle)

called also belonephobia

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