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mysophobia

[ mahy-suh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌmaɪ səˈfoʊ bi ə /
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noun Psychiatry.
an irrational or disproportionate fear of germs and contamination.
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Also called germ·a·pho·bi·a [jur-muh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌdʒɜr məˈfoʊ bi ə/ .

Origin of mysophobia

First recorded in 1875–80; from Greek myso(s) “filth” + -phobia

OTHER WORDS FROM mysophobia

my·so·phobe [mahy-suh-fohb], /ˈmaɪ səˌfoʊb/, nounmy·so·pho·bic, adjective

Words nearby mysophobia

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Medical definitions for mysophobia

mysophobia
[ mī′sə-fōbē-ə ]

n.
An abnormal fear of dirt or contamination.
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