-phobia

-phobia

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.

Origin:
< Latin < Greek, equivalent to -phob(os) -phobe + -ia -ia

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-phobia
 
n combining form
indicating an extreme abnormal fear of or aversion to: acrophobia; claustrophobia
 
[via Latin from Greek, from phobos fear]
 
-phobic
 
adj combining form

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-phobia suff.
An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of a specified thing: claustrophobia.

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