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hydrophobia Syllabification: hy·dro·pho·bi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌhīdrəˈfōbēə/

Definition of hydrophobia in English:


1Extreme or irrational fear of water, especially as a symptom of rabies in humans.
Example sentences
  • There's a stage of rabies where people develop hydrophobia, a bizarre and irrational fear of water.
  • It is specific for asthma and oppressed breathing, hiccup, whooping cough, spasmodic croup, tetanus, hydrophobia, hysteria paroxysms and hysterical convulsions.
  • Salivation and thirst are great but the victim cannot swallow water because of throat muscle spasm hence the misnomer hydrophobia.
1.1Rabies, especially in humans.
Example sentences
  • Ain't that some incurable disease like hydrophobia?
  • Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
  • To protect a healthy person forever from smallpox, hydrophobia, diptheria and so on, the doctor gives him those very diseases.


Late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek hudrophobia, from hudro- 'water' + phobos 'fear'.

Words that rhyme with hydrophobia

agoraphobia, claustrophobia, homophobia, phobia, technophobia, xenophobia, Zenobia
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