nosocomephobia

noun
nos·​o·​co·​me·​pho·​bia | \ ˌnä-sə-,kō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce nosocomephobia (audio) \

Definition of nosocomephobia

: intense fear of hospitals For long-term care patients or those with nosocomephobia—the fear of hospitals—nervous lobbies and antiseptic-slathered floors may make it seem as if the perfectly sterile white walls are closing in …— Brooke Becher Richard Nixon had one of the other fears with which many people can identify: nosocomephobia, or a fear of hospitals.— Jess Bolluyt

Other Words from nosocomephobia

nosocomephobe \ ˌnä-​sə-​ˈkō-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce nosocomephobe (audio) \ or nosocomephobic \ ˌnä-​sə-​,kō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce nosocomephobic (audio) \ noun, plural nosocomephobes or nosocomephobics
I'm a bit of a nosocomephobic. I suffer from an irrational fear of hospitals. — Brent Schanding
nosocomephobic adjective
nosocomephobic patients

First Known Use of nosocomephobia

circa 1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nosocomephobia

irregularly from Late Latin nosocomium "hospital" + -phobia — more at nosocomial

Note: The regularly formed compound from these elements would be nosocomiophobia, which is occasionally found.

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27 Apr 2020

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“Nosocomephobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nosocomephobia. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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