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claustrophobia

[klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh] /ˌklɔ strəˈfoʊ bi ə/
noun
1.
an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Latin claustr(um) bolt (see claustrum) + -o- + -phobia
Can be confused
acrophobia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia.
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Examples for claustrophobia
  • They must learn to overcome their innate claustrophobia to enter the starting gate.
  • It all connects with the oppressive claustrophobia and the disfunctional relationships.
  • claustrophobia is arguably less of a choice than being fat, after all.
  • Minimalist backpacking tents work fine during slumber but can leave you fighting claustrophobia during waking hours.
  • The winged shape and the ample width of the counter are carefully chosen to create intimacy without a feeling of claustrophobia.
  • Once the engine is turned off, the air gets stifling, adding to the claustrophobia.
  • Bring your own soft kneepads and check your claustrophobia at the entrance.
  • Once inside the suit a wave of claustrophobia and nausea gripped me.
  • He's an obsessive who's found a way to portray claustrophobia in wide-open urban space.
  • Yet those silences go on to build an unnerving sense of claustrophobia and isolation.
British Dictionary definitions for claustrophobia

claustrophobia

/ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbɪə; ˌklɒs-/
noun
1.
an abnormal fear of being closed in or of being in a confined space
Derived Forms
claustrophobe, noun
Word Origin
C19: from claustro-, from Latin claustrumcloister + -phobia
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Word Origin and History for claustrophobia
claustrophobia
coined 1879 (first in article by B.Ball in "British Medical Journal"), from L. claustrum "a bolt, place shut in," pp. of claudere "to close" (see close (v.)) + Gk. phobos "fear" (see phobia).
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claustrophobia in Medicine

claustrophobia claus·tro·pho·bi·a (klô'strə-fō'bē-ə)
n.
An abnormal fear of being in narrow or enclosed spaces.


claus'tro·phobe' n.
claus'tro·pho'bic adj.
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claustrophobia in Culture
claustrophobia [(klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh)]

An abnormal fear of being shut in or enclosed.

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