Definitions for hydrophobiaˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bi ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hy•dro•pho•bi•aˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bi ə(n.)

  1. Category: Pathology

    Ref: rabies .

  2. an abnormal or unnatural dread of water.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of hydrophobia:

1540–50; < LL < Gk hydrophobía

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hydrophobia(noun)

    a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids

  2. hydrophobia(noun)

    a morbid fear of water

  3. rabies, hydrophobia, lyssa, madness(noun)

    an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain


  1. hydrophobia(Noun)

    An aversion to water, as a symptom of rabies; rabies itself.

  2. hydrophobia(Noun)

    Fear of water (colloquial, fear of water is technically called aquaphobia, so not to be confused with rabies).

  3. Origin: From hydrophobia, from ὑδροφοβία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hydrophobia(noun)

    an abnormal dread of water, said to be a symptom of canine madness; hence:

  2. Hydrophobia(noun)

    the disease caused by a bite form, or inoculation with the saliva of, a rabid creature, of which the chief symptoms are, a sense of dryness and construction in the throat, causing difficulty in deglutition, and a marked heightening of reflex excitability, producing convulsions whenever the patient attempts to swallow, or is disturbed in any way, as by the sight or sound of water; rabies; canine madness


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