hydrophobia

noun hy·dro·pho·bia \ ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

Definition of hydrophobia

1 :rabies
2 :a morbid dread of water

Origin and Etymology of hydrophobia

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


Medical Dictionary

hydrophobia

noun hy·dro·pho·bia \ ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bē-ə \

medical Definition of hydrophobia

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. AltmanThe New York Times24 Aug. 1993
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 BiddleA Field Guide to Germs1995


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