specific phobia

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

nounPsychiatry.
  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

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First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby specific phobia

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