- a pathological fear of heights.
Origin of acrophobia
Examples from the Web for acrophobia
Contemporary society has gifted us with a phobia potentially as strong as acrophobia or the fear of flying: smartphone anxiety.Do You Suffer From Smartphone Anxiety? (And if So, What the Hell’s Your Problem?)
April 30, 2014
Probably the commonest is acrophobia, so that the detailed consideration of it shows the indications for other dreads.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
- abnormal fear or dread of being at a great height
Word Origin and History for acrophobia
"morbid fear of heights," 1887, medical Latin, from Greek akros "at the end, the top" (see acrid) + -phobia "fear." Coined by Italian physician Dr. Andrea Verga in a paper describing the condition, from which Verga himself suffered.
In this paper, read somewhat over a year ago at the congress of alienists at Pavia, the author makes confession of his own extreme dread of high places. Though fearless of the contagion of cholera, he has palpitations on mounting a step-ladder, finds it unpleasant to ride on the top of a coach or to look out of even a first-story window, and has never used an elevator. ["American Journal of Psychology," Nov. 1888, abstract of Verga's report]
- An abnormal fear of heights.
An abnormal fear of heights.