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scotophobia

[ skoh-tuh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌskoʊ təˈfoʊ bi ə /
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noun Psychiatry.
an irrational or disproportionate fear of the dark: The basement in our new house sets off my scotophobia—I guess we’ll just use the garage for storage.
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Compare nyctophobia.

Origin of scotophobia

First recorded in 1840–45; scoto- + -phobia

Other definitions for scotophobia (2 of 2)

Scotophobia
[ skot-uh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌskɒt əˈfoʊ bi ə /

noun
an aversion or hostility to, disdain for, or fear of Scotland or anything Scottish.
Also called Cal·e·pho·bi·a [kal-uh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌkæl əˈfoʊ bi ə/ .

Origin of Scotophobia

First recorded in 1825–35; Scoto- + -phobia
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Medical definitions for scotophobia

scotophobia
[ skō′tə-fōbē-ə ]

n.
nyctophobia
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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