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Friday, December 19, 2014

Definitions for mysophobia

  1. Psychiatry. a dread of dirt or filth.

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Citations for mysophobia
To a moderate degree he suffered from mysophobia, spending unusual time at his ablutions, teeth-cleaning, dressing, and in the care and arrangement of his clothes. Charles K. Mills, "Some Forms of Insanity and Quasi-Insanity in Children," The American Lancet, Volume XVII, 1893
The insane symptom called "mysophobia," or dread of foulness, which leads a patient to wash his hands perhaps a hundred times a day, hardly seems explicable without supposing a primitive impulse to clean one's self… William James, "Some Human Instincts," The Popular Science Monthly, Volume XXXI, 1887
Origin of mysophobia
Mysophobia is a New Latin term from the late 1800s based on the Greek mýsos meaning "filth" and phobos meaning "fear."
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