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agoraphobia

[ag-er-uh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌæg ər əˈfoʊ bi ə/
noun, Psychiatry.
1.
an abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, sometimes accompanied by anxiety attacks.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; agora + -phobia
Can be confused
acrophobia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia.
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Examples from the web for agoraphobia
  • agoraphobia is a fear of being in places where help might not be available.
  • He suffered from agoraphobia and feared leaving his home.
  • The whole nation is suffering from collective agoraphobia.
  • In fact, she does everything out of her home: she suffers from acute and debilitating agoraphobia.
  • His phobia about the prediction coming true manifests itself as a form of severe agoraphobia.
  • But home shoppers might have bigger problems than agoraphobia.
  • agoraphobia works wonders for anyone who doesn't want to go anyplace that's too far to walk back home from.
  • We work at home, indulging the agoraphobia endemic to our kind.
  • Jobless, he shows symptoms of agoraphobia and depression.
  • The group of typical phobias, for which agoraphobia is a prototype, cannot be reduced to the psychic mechanisms here developed.
British Dictionary definitions for agoraphobia

agoraphobia

/ˌæɡərəˈfəʊbɪə/
noun
1.
a pathological fear of being in public places, often resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound
Derived Forms
agoraphobic, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for agoraphobia
n.

"fear of open spaces," 1873, from German Agorophobie, coined 1871 by Berlin psychiatrist Carl Westphal (1833-1890) from Greek agora "open space" (see agora) + -phobia "fear." Related: Agoraphobe; agoraphobic.

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agoraphobia in Medicine

agoraphobia ag·o·ra·pho·bi·a (āg'ər-ə-fō'bē-ə)
n.
Phobia of open or public places.


ag'o·ra·pho'bic adj.
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