agoraphobia

[ ag-er-uh-foh-bee-uh, uh-gawr‐ ]
/ ˌæg ər əˈfoʊ bi ə, əˌgɔr‐ /

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.

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Origin of agoraphobia

First recorded in 1870–75; agora1 + -phobia
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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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Medical definitions for agoraphobia

agoraphobia
[ ăg′ər-ə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

Phobia of open or public places.

Other words from agoraphobia

ag′o•ra•phobic adj.
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