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ailurophobia

[ahy-loo r-uh-foh-bee-uh, ey-loo r-]
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. an abnormal fear of cats.

Origin of ailurophobia

1905–10; < Greek aílouro(s) cat + -phobia
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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

(ī-lur′ə-fōbē-ə, ā-lur′-)
n.
  1. An abnormal fear of or aversion to cats.
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