[ ak-er-uh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌæk ər əˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun Psychiatry.

a pathological belief that the skin is infested with mites or insects, often leading to self-mutilation in order to eliminate the infestation.

Origin of acarophobia

From New Latin; see origin at acarus, -o-, -phobia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for acarophobia


[ ăk′ə-rə-fōbē-ə ]


An abnormal fear of mites, small insects, or worms.
An abnormal fear of small particles, or of itching.
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