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Monday, December 01, 2014

Definitions for nosophobia

  1. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of disease.

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Citations for nosophobia
Medical students’ disease — which has also been called “nosophobia,” meaning “fear of disease” — first gained attention in the mid-1960s after the publication of two articles from prominent psychiatric departments. Barron H. Lerner, "When Med Students Get Medical Students’ Disease," New York Times, September 5, 2013
Well, is there any difference, doctor, between this patient in the Kinetic Pavilion whose hand is in the swan's-neck position and this other patient suffering from nosophobia? Fernando del Paso, translated by Quartet Books Limited, Palinuro of Mexico, 1989
Origin of nosophobia
Nosophobia comes from the Greek roots phóbos meaning "fear, panic" and nósos meaning "disease, sickness, malady."