necrophobia

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

noun Psychiatry.

an irrational or disproportionate fear of dead bodies or of locations, objects, and people associated with the dead: My necrophobia takes me blocks out of my way just to avoid having to drive past cemeteries.

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Origin of necrophobia

First recorded in 1825–35; necro- + -phobia

OTHER WORDS FROM necrophobia

nec·ro·pho·bic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for necrophobia

necrophobia
/ (ˌnɛkrəʊˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

an abnormal fear of death or dead bodies

Derived forms of necrophobia

necrophobe, nounnecrophobic, adjective
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Medical definitions for necrophobia

necrophobia
[ nĕk′rə-fōbē-ə ]

n.

An abnormal fear of death or corpses.

Other words from necrophobia

nec′ro•phobic adj.
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