arachnophobia

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

noun

an abnormal or pathological fear of spiders.

Nearby words

  1. arachnoid membrane,
  2. arachnoid villus,
  3. arachnoiditis,
  4. arachnologist,
  5. arachnology,
  6. arad,
  7. arae,
  8. araeostyle,
  9. araeosystyle,
  10. arafat

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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British Dictionary definitions for arachnophobic

arachnophobia

noun

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 arachnophobic

arachnophobia

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for arachnophobic

arachnophobia

[ə-răk′nə-fōbē-ə, -nō-]

n.

An abnormal fear of spiders.

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