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aquaphobia

[ ak-wuh-foh-bee-uh, ah-kwuh‐ ]
/ ˌæk wəˈfoʊ bi ə, ˌɑ kwə‐ /
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noun Psychiatry.

an irrational or disproportionate fear of water, especially anxiety in deep water or when submerging one's face in water: He'd almost drowned as a child and never got over his subsequent aquaphobia.

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Origin of aquaphobia

First recorded in 1875–80; aqua- + -phobia
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British Dictionary definitions for aquaphobia

aquaphobia
/ (ˌækwəˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

an abnormal fear of water, esp because of the possibility of drowningCompare hydrophobia (def. 2)
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Medical definitions for aquaphobia

aquaphobia
[ ăk′wə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal fear of water.
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