my·​so·​pho·​bia | \ ˌmī-sə-​ˈfō-​bē-​ə How to pronounce mysophobia (audio) \

Definition of mysophobia

: abnormal fear or hatred of uncleanliness or contamination (as with dirt or germs) : germophobia Those with mysophobia and OCD may feel compelled to wash their hands frequently or clean sheets, desks and other surfaces at every chance.— Marissa Russo Several years ago, [Howie] Mandel went public with his mysophobia, an irrational fear of germs, which has controlled his life personally and publically.— Justin Katz

Other Words from mysophobia

mysophobe \ ˈmī-​sə-​​ˌfōb How to pronounce mysophobia (audio) \ or less commonly mysophobic \ ˌmī-​sə-​​ˈfō-​​bik How to pronounce mysophobia (audio) \ noun, plural mysophobes also mysophobics
A self-confirmed mysophobe—one who fears contamination from germs—I am always armed with a little bottle of hand sanitizer and lots of prayer. — Sarah Nothelfer
mysophobic adjective
You do not have to be mysophobic to want to slip on rubber gloves when you enter an airplane cabin. — Hugo Marin

First Known Use of mysophobia

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mysophobia

Greek mýsos (neuter s-stem) "pollution, defilement" (of uncertain origin) + -o- + -phobia

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The first known use of mysophobia was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Mysophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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variants: or misophobia \ -​ˈfō-​bē-​ə How to pronounce mysophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of mysophobia

: abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination

Other Words from mysophobia

mysophobic \ -​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce mysophobia (audio) \ adjective


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