claustrophobia

noun claus·tro·pho·bia \ ˌklȯs-trə-ˈfō-bē-ə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of claustrophobia

1 : abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces
2 : a feeling of discomfort or discontent caused by being in a limiting or restrictive situation or environment
  • While recovering in the hospital, she recognizes the claustrophobia of her working-class life, shared with a suffocatingly affectionate mother and a dud of a dad.
  • —Barbara Tritel

claustrophobe

play \ˈklȯs-trə-ˌfōb\ noun

Examples of claustrophobia in a Sentence

  1. She doesn't go in elevators because of her claustrophobia.

  2. the claustrophobia of small-town life

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Origin and Etymology of claustrophobia

New Latin, from Latin claustrum + New Latin -phobia


CLAUSTROPHOBIA Defined for English Language Learners

claustrophobia

noun

Definition of claustrophobia for English Language Learners

  • : a fear of being in closed or small spaces

  • : an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or restricts you


Medical Dictionary

claustrophobia

noun claus·tro·pho·bia \ ˌklȯ-strə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

medical Definition of claustrophobia

: abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces

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