Definition of hydrophobia in English:

hydrophobia

Line breaks: hydro|pho¦bia
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)ˈfəʊbɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Extreme or irrational fear of water, especially as a symptom of rabies in humans.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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