- an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places.
Origin of claustrophobia
Examples from the Web for claustrophobia
Arachnophobia is an irrational fear of spiders and claustrophobia is an irrational fear of small places.Ground Zero Mosque Hurts Islam
August 12, 2010
But you must not do this to a Breton fisherman full of drink and claustrophobia.Tatterdemalion</p>
You hear stories about going loopy from claustrophobia and stuff.The Planet Strappers
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To-day he was feeling the claustrophobia of London more acutely than usual.H.M.S. ----
I have claustrophobia and would hate to git stuck in an over-sized fountain pen halfway to the middle of this earth.Operation Earthworm
For the first time in the hundreds of hours he'd spent in the tank, he knew the meaning of claustrophobia.Warning from the Stars
- an abnormal fear of being closed in or of being in a confined space
Word Origin and History for claustrophobia
"morbid fear of being shut up in a confined space," coined 1879 (in article by Italian-born, French-naturalized Swiss-English physician Dr. Benjamin Ball (1834-1892)) from Latin claustrum "a bolt, a means of closing; a place shut in, confined place, frontier fortress" (in Medieval Latin "cloister"), past participle of claudere "to close" (see close (v.)) + -phobia "fear."
- An abnormal fear of being in narrow or enclosed spaces.
An abnormal fear of being shut in or enclosed.