[ nek-ruh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌnɛk rəˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun Psychiatry.

an abnormal fear of death; thanatophobia.
an abnormal fear of dead bodies.

Origin of necrophobia

From New Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at necro-, -phobia
Related formsnec·ro·pho·bic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for necrophobia


/ (ˌnɛkrəʊˈfəʊbɪə) /


an abnormal fear of death or dead bodies
Derived Formsnecrophobe, nounnecrophobic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for necrophobia



"abnormal fear of death or corpses," 1833, from necro- + -phobia "fear." Related: Necrophobic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for necrophobia


[ nĕk′rə-fōbē-ə ]


An abnormal fear of death or corpses.
Related formsnec′ro•phobic adj.
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