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acrophobia

[ ak-ruh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌæk rəˈfoʊ bi ə /
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noun Psychiatry.

an irrational or disproportionate fear of heights: I knew my acrophobia would keep me off of the competitive diving platforms, but I was surprised when walking the diving board three feet above the pool deck also terrified me.

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Also called al·to·pho·bi·a [al-tuh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌæl təˈfoʊ bi ə/ .

Origin of acrophobia

First recorded in 1890–95; acro-, -phobia

OTHER WORDS FROM acrophobia

ac·ro·pho·bic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acrophobia

acrophobia
/ (ˌækrəˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

abnormal fear or dread of being at a great height

Derived forms of acrophobia

acrophobic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for acrophobia

C19: from acro- + -phobia
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Medical definitions for acrophobia

acrophobia
[ ăk′rə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal fear of heights.
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Cultural definitions for acrophobia

acrophobia
[ (ak-ruh-foh-bee-uh) ]

An abnormal fear of heights.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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