claustrophobia

[klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh]
noun
an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places.

Origin:
1875–80; < Latin claustr(um) bolt (see claustrum) + -o- + -phobia

acrophobia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia.
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claustrophobia (ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbɪə, ˌklɒs-)
 
n
an abnormal fear of being closed in or of being in a confined space
 
[C19: from claustro-, from Latin claustrumcloister + -phobia]
 
'claustrophobe
 
n

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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 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 [(klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh)]

An abnormal fear of being shut in or enclosed.

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Example sentences
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.
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