[ ag-er-uh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌæg ər əˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun Psychiatry.

an abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, sometimes accompanied by anxiety attacks.

Origin of agoraphobia

First recorded in 1870–75; agora1 + -phobia
Can be confusedacrophobia agoraphobia claustrophobia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for agoraphobia


/ (ˌæɡərəˈfəʊbɪə) /


a pathological fear of being in public places, often resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound
Derived Formsagoraphobic, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for agoraphobia



"fear of open spaces," 1873, from German Agorophobie, coined 1871 by Berlin psychiatrist Carl Westphal (1833-1890) from Greek agora "open space" (see agora) + -phobia "fear." Related: Agoraphobe; agoraphobic.

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Medicine definitions for agoraphobia


[ ăg′ər-ə-fōbē-ə ]


Phobia of open or public places.
Related formsag′o•ra•phobic adj.
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