acarophobia

acarophobia

[ak-er-uh-foh-bee-uh]
noun Psychiatry.
a pathological belief that the skin is infested with mites or insects, often leading to self-mutilation in order to eliminate the infestation.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin; see acarus, -o-, -phobia

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acarophobia ac·a·ro·pho·bi·a (āk'ə-rə-fō'bē-ə)
n.

  1. An abnormal fear of mites, small insects, or worms.

  2. An abnormal fear of small particles, or of itching.

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