Origin of hydrophobia
Examples from the Web for hydrophobia
A kind of hydrophobia of rage that wont listen to any reason but wants to break and tear and kill?Cursed|George Allan England
Smallpox, yellow fever, and hydrophobia—the disease that results from the bite of a mad dog—are also probably due to animal germs.A Handbook of Health|Woods Hutchinson
But I had not considered the chance of hydrophobia, which an Englishman is apt to forget all about.A Spring Walk in Provence|Archibald Marshall
A Muhammadan cure for hydrophobia is to look down seven wells.Beast and Man in India|John Lockwood Kipling
In your Legislature they have just been discussing a law against dogs, for now and then a man is bitten and dies of hydrophobia.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
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.
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.