arachnophobia

[uh-rak-nuh-foh-bee-uh]

Origin of arachnophobia

1925–30; < Greek aráchnē ‘spider’ + -phobia
Related formsa·rach·no·phobe, nouna·rach·no·pho·bic, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for arachnophobia

Contemporary Examples of arachnophobia

  • Arachnophobia is an irrational fear of spiders and claustrophobia is an irrational fear of small places.

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British Dictionary definitions for arachnophobia

arachnophobia

noun
  1. an abnormal fear of spiders
Derived Formsarachnophobic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for arachnophobia

C20: from Greek arakhnē spider + -phobia
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Word Origin and History for arachnophobia
n.

1925, from comb. form of arachnid + -phobia "fear."

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arachnophobia in Medicine

arachnophobia

[ə-răk′nə-fōbē-ə, -nō-]
n.
  1. An abnormal fear of spiders.
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