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

From New Latin; see origin at acarus, -o-, -phobia
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acarophobia in Medicine


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