medical Definition of hydrophobia
- In classic cases, there is a fear of drinking liquids, or hydrophobia, despite thirst due to spasm of the throat muscles.
- —Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, 24 Aug. 1993
- Rabies victims at first feel a general malaise and restlessness, then grow increasingly agitated with painful spasms of the throat. … Soon they cannot drink, which is why rabies has been called “hydrophobia.”
- —Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs, 1995
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