mysophobia

[ mahy-suh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌmaɪ səˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun Psychiatry.

a dread of dirt or filth.

Nearby words

  1. mysia,
  2. mysian,
  3. mysid,
  4. mysliveček,
  5. mysophilia,
  6. mysore,
  7. myspace,
  8. mystagogic,
  9. mystagogue,
  10. mystagogy

Origin of mysophobia

1875–80; < New Latin, equivalent to myso- (< Greek mýs(os) filth) + -o- + -phobia -phobia

Related formsmy·so·pho·bic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for mysophobic

mysophobia

n.

"dread of dirt or defilement," 1879, from Greek mysos "uncleanliness," from PIE *meus- "damp" (see moss) + -phobia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mysophobic

mysophobia

[ mī′sə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal fear of dirt or contamination.

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