claustrophobia

[ klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌklɔ strəˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun

an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places.

Origin of claustrophobia

1875–80; < Latin claustr(um) bolt (see claustrum) + -o- + -phobia

Can be confused

acrophobia agoraphobia claustrophobia
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British Dictionary definitions for claustrophobia

claustrophobia

/ (ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbɪə, ˌklɒs-) /

noun

an abnormal fear of being closed in or of being in a confined space

Derived Forms

claustrophobe, noun

Word Origin for claustrophobia

C19: from claustro-, from Latin claustrum cloister + -phobia
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Medicine definitions for claustrophobia

claustrophobia

[ klô′strə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal fear of being in narrow or enclosed spaces.

Related forms

claustro•phobe′ n.claus′tro•phobic adj.
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Culture definitions for claustrophobia

claustrophobia

[ (klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh) ]

An abnormal fear of being shut in or enclosed.

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