bel·​o·​ne·​pho·​bia | \ ˌbe-lə-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce belonephobia (audio) \
variants: or less commonly belonophobia

Definition of belonephobia

: abnormal fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as hypodermic needles or scissors) : aichmophobia Do you break out in a cold sweat when it's time for a vaccine? … If so, you might have belonephobia, the fear of needles …— Catharine Clapp

Other Words from belonephobia

belonephobe \ ˈbe-​lə-​nə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce belonephobia (audio) \ or less commonly belonophobe noun, plural belonephobes also belonophobes
belonephobic \ ˌbe-​lə-​nə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce belonephobia (audio) \ or less commonly belonophobic adjective
Seth had been belonephobic. He abhorred sharp objects, especially needles. — Terri Reed

First Known Use of belonephobia

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for belonephobia

Greek belónē "needle" (from bel-, base of uncertain meaning and origin + -onē, suffix of instruments—as in akónē "whetstone," perónē "pin, tongue of a buckle") + -phobia

Note: Greek belónē has conventionally been seen as a derivative from the base of bállein "to throw, strike by throwing" as bélos "missile, dart, arrow" (with b- for expected d- presumably by analogy) and bólos "throw, cast, net" (see devil entry 1). But linguists since August Fick in the 19th century have rejected this connection on semantic grounds: needles are not thrown or launched. Alternatively, belónē has been connected with Greek déllithes "wasps, stinging insects" (a word known only from the lexicographer Hesychius) and further with Lithuanian gélti "to sting, prick, ache" (and a host of other less certain comparable items—see quell entry 1), though this would require a dialectal, presumably Aeolic origin for the initial b- in belónē.

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