hydrophobia

noun

hy·​dro·​pho·​bia ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce hydrophobia (audio)
1
: rabies
2
: a morbid dread of water

Examples of hydrophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms progress and become more severe as time goes on, which includes cerebral disfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation, delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, hydrophobia and insomnia. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 The other type, furious rabies, can cause hallucinations, lack of coordination, a fear of water — a symptom known as hydrophobia — and fear of fresh air or drafts. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023 In fact, hydrophobia is such a classic symptom of the disease that early medical experts considered the word synonymous with rabies. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023 Doctors published a case study in 2018 describing the case of a man who was diagnosed with rabies after experiencing hydrophobia. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023 Later symptoms include trouble swallowing, fear of water (hydrophobia), paralysis, seizure, coma, and eventual death. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2018 At that point, a person can show symptoms like confusion, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, insomnia, drooling, difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia, fear of water. Minali Nigam, CNN, 12 June 2019 Over time, symptoms that are more specific to brain dysfunction appear and may include difficulty sleeping, anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, agitation, partial paralysis, difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia, a fear of water. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, from Greek, from hydr- + -phobia -phobia

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrophobia was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Hydrophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrophobia. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hydrophobia

noun
hy·​dro·​pho·​bia ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce hydrophobia (audio)
1
: rabies
2
: an abnormal fear of water
hydrophobic
-ˈfō-bik
-ˈfäb-ik
adjective

Medical Definition

hydrophobia

noun
hy·​dro·​pho·​bia ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce hydrophobia (audio)
1
: a morbid dread of water
2
a
: extreme fearfulness of swallowing liquids that is symptomatic of rabies and results from painful spasms of the throat
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
b
: rabies
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

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