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.
- Also called al·to·pho·bi·a [al-tuh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌæl təˈfoʊ bi ə/ .
- ac·ro·pho·bic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for acrophobia
abnormal fear or dread of being at a great height
- acrophobic, adjective, noun
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Cultural definitions for acrophobia
An abnormal fear of heights.
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