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[ag-er-uh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌæg ər əˈfoʊ bi ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
an abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, sometimes accompanied by anxiety attacks.
Origin of agoraphobia
First recorded in 1870-75; agora1 + -phobia
Can be confused
acrophobia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia. Unabridged
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  • agoraphobia, for instance, is the fear of crossing an open place.

  • Glare-blindness, gravity-legs, and agoraphobia were excuses for a lot of things, when a man was just back from Big Bottomless.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • The sufferer from agoraphobia cannot bring himself to cross alone an open field or square.

    Why Worry? George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
  • In the Moon's slight gravity, a man is really adjusted to existence when he has a well-developed case of agoraphobia.

    Scrimshaw William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • I put down her immunity to agoraphobia as just another evidence that she was already mad.

British Dictionary definitions for agoraphobia


a pathological fear of being in public places, often resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound
Derived Forms
agoraphobic, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for agoraphobia

"fear of open spaces," 1873, from German Agorophobie, coined 1871 by Berlin psychiatrist Carl Westphal (1833-1890) from Greek agora "open space" (see agora) + -phobia "fear." Related: Agoraphobe; agoraphobic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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agoraphobia in Medicine

agoraphobia ag·o·ra·pho·bi·a (āg'ər-ə-fō'bē-ə)
Phobia of open or public places.

ag'o·ra·pho'bic adj.
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