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ailurophobia

[ahy-loo r-uh-foh-bee-uh, ey-loo r-] /aɪˌlʊər əˈfoʊ bi ə, eɪˌlʊər-/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
an abnormal fear of cats.
Also, aelurophobia.
Origin of ailurophobia
1905-1910
1905-10; < Greek aílouro(s) cat + -phobia
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Contemporary definitions for ailurophobia
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Word Origin and History for ailurophobia
n.

"morbid fear of cats," 1905, from -phobia "fear" + ailouros "cat," of unknown origin. Folk etymology connects it with aiolos "quick-moving" + oura "tail." Related: Ailurophobe (1914).

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ailurophobia in Medicine

ailurophobia ai·lu·ro·pho·bi·a (ī-lur'ə-fō'bē-ə, ā-lur'-)
n.
An abnormal fear of or aversion to cats.

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