[ 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 confused

acrophobia 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 Forms

agoraphobic, adjective, noun
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Medicine definitions for agoraphobia


[ ăg′ər-ə-fōbē-ə ]


Phobia of open or public places.

Related forms

ag′o•ra•phobic adj.
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