specific phobia

[ spi-sif-ik foh-bee-uh ]

  1. an intense, persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, situation, or person that leads to avoidance behavior so pronounced as to disrupt daily life: the term specific phobia, as opposed to the nontechnical word phobia, is the official diagnostic name for this mental disorder.

Origin of specific phobia

First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby specific phobia

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