Origin of claustrophobia
Examples from the Web for claustrophobia
Arachnophobia is an irrational fear of spiders and claustrophobia is an irrational fear of small places.
Donne and Swift were morbid men suffering from claustrophobia.
Claustrophobia is the malady of those who have a horror of close quarters from which they can not easily make their escape.Poise: How to Attain It|D. Starke
For the first time in the hundreds of hours he'd spent in the tank, he knew the meaning of claustrophobia.Warning from the Stars|Ron Cocking
Word Origin for claustrophobia
"morbid fear of being shut up in a confined space," coined 1879 (in article by Italian-born, French-naturalized Swiss-English physician Dr. Benjamin Ball (1834-1892)) from Latin claustrum "a bolt, a means of closing; a place shut in, confined place, frontier fortress" (in Medieval Latin "cloister"), past participle of claudere "to close" (see close (v.)) + -phobia "fear."
An abnormal fear of being shut in or enclosed.