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agoraphobia

[ ag-er-uh-foh-bee-uh, uh-gawr‐ ]
/ ˌæg ər əˈfoʊ bi ə, əˌgɔr‐ /
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noun Psychiatry.
an irrational or disproportionate fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, often accompanied by anxiety attacks: In extreme cases, avoidance behaviors may render affected individuals homebound.Compare ochlophobia.

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Origin of agoraphobia

First recorded in 1870–75; agora1 + -phobia

OTHER WORDS FROM agoraphobia

ag·o·ra·pho·bic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for agoraphobia

agoraphobia
/ (ˌæɡərəˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun
a pathological fear of being in public places, often resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound

Derived forms of agoraphobia

agoraphobic, adjective, noun
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