- an abnormal or unnatural dread of water.
Origin of hydrophobia
Examples from the Web for hydrophobia
Perhaps because of these factors, even today, blacks appear to be more prone to hydrophobia than whites.The Drowning Race Gap
August 7, 2010
It is so with earthquakes, cases of hydrophobia, whales stranded on the shore.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
Exsection or a caustic on the scar, even after the appearance of hydrophobia.Zoonomia, Vol. II
The salivary glands seem to have a close relation to hydrophobia.
We call it hydrophobia, but they call it dewanee—the madness—and run.The Jungle Book
It is also wrong to inform the child of the probability of hydrophobia.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
Word Origin and History for hydrophobia
late 14c., idroforbia, a symptom of rabies in man (sometimes used for the disease itself), from Late Latin hydrophobia (Celsius, 50 C.E.), from Greek hydrophobos "dreading water," from hydr-, stem of hydros "water" (see water (n.1)) + phobos "dread, fear" (see phobia). So called because human sufferers show aversion to water and have difficulty swallowing it.
- An abnormal fear of water.
- Abnormal fear of water.
Word History: Hydrophobia is an older term for the disease rabies, and it means fear of water. Because of this name, many people think that rabies makes one afraid of water. In fact, this is not the case (although rabies does cause mental confusion of other kinds). The name hydrophobia comes from the fact that animals and people with rabies get spasms in their throat muscles that are so painful that they cannot eat or drink, and so will refuse water in spite of being very thirsty.