a combining form meaning “fear,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (hydrophobia); on this model, used in the names of mental disorders that have the general sense “dread of, aversion toward” that specified by the initial element: agoraphobia.
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British Dictionary definitions for -phobia
n combining form
indicating an extreme abnormal fear of or aversion toacrophobia; claustrophobia
Derived forms of -phobia-phobic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -phobia
via Latin from Greek, from phobos fear
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Medical definitions for -phobia
An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of a specified thing:claustrophobia.
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