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acrophobia

[ak-ruh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌæk rəˈfoʊ bi ə/
noun
1.
a pathological fear of heights.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Neo-Latin; see acro-, -phobia
Related forms
acrophobic, adjective, noun
Can be confused
acrophobia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia.
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Examples for acrophobia
  • It isn't acrophobia or a terror of falling that spooks me so much as the idea of being confined without my express consent.
  • acrophobia causes the driver to go slowly and insist on running the air conditioner with the windows up.
  • To say this has put a strain on his golf game would be akin to saying that a pilot could be hampered by acrophobia.
British Dictionary definitions for acrophobia

acrophobia

/ˌækrəˈfəʊbɪə/
noun
1.
abnormal fear or dread of being at a great height
Derived Forms
acrophobic, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: from acro- + -phobia
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Word Origin and History for acrophobia
acrophobia
"morbid fear of heights," 1892, medical L., from Gk. akros "at the end, the top" (see acrid) + -phobia (q.v.).
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acrophobia in Medicine

acrophobia ac·ro·pho·bi·a (āk'rə-fō'bē-ə)
n.
An abnormal fear of heights.

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acrophobia in Culture
acrophobia [(ak-ruh-foh-bee-uh)]

An abnormal fear of heights.

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