[ trip-uh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌtrɪp əˈfoʊ bi ə /


an abnormal feeling of discomfort or revulsion at the sight of clustered holes or bumps, as seen in sponges, honeycombs, certain seed pods, soap bubbles, and bubbles in batter: although not officially recognized as a phobia, trypophobia is a subject of ongoing psychiatric research.

Origin of trypophobia

First recorded in 2005–10; from Greek trŷpa “hole” + -phobia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019