Pronunciation: (fō'bē-u), [key]
a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.


a combining form meaning “fear,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (hydrophobia); on this model, used in the names of mental disorders that have the general sense “dread of, aversion toward” that specified by the initial element: agoraphobia.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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