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specific phobia

[ spi-sif-ik foh-bee-uh ]
/ spɪˈsɪf ɪk ˈfoʊ bi ə /
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noun Psychiatry.
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.
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Origin of specific phobia

First recorded in 1910–15
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