to·​mo·​pho·​bia | \ ˌtō-mə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce tomophobia (audio) \

Definition of tomophobia

: intense fear of surgery or surgical procedures We present the case of a 69-year-old … man who refused urgently indicated medical intervention because of severe tomophobia.— Marcus Schmid et al.

Other Words from tomophobia

tomophobe \ ˈtō-​mə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce tomophobia (audio) \ or tomophobic \ ˌtō-​mə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce tomophobia (audio) \ noun, plural tomophobes or tomophobics
tomophobic adjective
tomophobic fears

First Known Use of tomophobia

circa 1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tomophobia

Greek tomḗ "act of cutting, incision" (nominal derivative from the base of témnein "to cut") + -o- + -phobia — more at tome

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“Tomophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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