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noun Psychiatry.
  1. an abnormal fear of death; thanatophobia.
  2. an abnormal fear of dead bodies.
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Origin of necrophobia

From New Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at necro-, -phobia
Related formsnec·ro·pho·bic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for necrophobia


  1. an abnormal fear of death or dead bodies
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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.

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necrophobia in Medicine


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