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noun Psychiatry.
  1. an abnormal fear of disease.
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Origin of nosophobia

First recorded in 1885–90; noso- + -phobia
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Examples from the Web for nosophobia

Historical Examples

  • People who are victims of nosophobia are probably the most miserable and wretched individuals on earth.

    The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)

    W. Grant Hague

  • Modern conditions unfortunately favor the easy development of nosophobia in young wives.

British Dictionary definitions for nosophobia


  1. the morbid dread of contracting disease
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nosophobia in Medicine


  1. An inordinate fear of disease.
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