acrophobia

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

noun

a pathological fear of heights.

Origin of acrophobia

From New Latin, dating back to 1890–95; see origin at acro-, -phobia

Related forms

ac·ro·pho·bic, adjective, noun

Can be confused

acrophobia agoraphobia claustrophobia
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British Dictionary definitions for acrophobic

acrophobia

/ (ˌækrəˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

abnormal fear or dread of being at a great height

Derived Forms

acrophobic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for acrophobia

C19: from acro- + -phobia
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Medicine definitions for acrophobic

acrophobia

[ ăk′rə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal fear of heights.
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Culture definitions for acrophobic

acrophobia

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

An abnormal fear of heights.

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