iat·​ro·​pho·​bia | \ (ˌ)ī-ˌa-trō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce iatrophobia (audio) \

Definition of iatrophobia

: intense fear of doctors When confronted with the medical necessity to see a physician, the person with iatrophobia becomes anxious, may have chest pain, or shortness of breath.— Michael Loguidice She took my blood pressure and pulse (both on the high side, but then my acute iatrophobia—a terror of doctors—may partly account for that).— Tom Utley

Other Words from iatrophobia

iatrophobe \ (ˌ)ī-​'a-​trō-​ˌfōb How to pronounce iatrophobia (audio) \ noun, plural iatrophobes
I am an iatrophobe; I avoid doctors as much as I can. — John Derbyshire
iatrophobic \ (ˌ)ī-​ˌa-​trō-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce iatrophobia (audio) \ adjective
iatrophobic adults

First Known Use of iatrophobia

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Iatrophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iatrophobia. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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