an abnormal or unnatural dread of water.

1540–50; < Late Latin < Greek hydrophobía. See hydro-1, -phobia

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hydrophobia (ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə)
1.  another name for rabies
2.  Compare aquaphobia a fear of drinking fluids, esp that of a person with rabies, because of painful spasms when trying to swallow

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1392, from L.L. hydrophobia (Cælius Aurelianus, c.420), from Gk. hydrophobia (Celsius, 50 C.E.), from hydrophobos "dreading water," from hydr-, stem of hydros "water" + phobos "dread, fear" (see phobia). So called because human sufferers show aversion to water and have
difficulty swallowing it.
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hydrophobia hy·dro·pho·bi·a (hī'drə-fō'bē-ə)

  1. An abnormal fear of water.

  2. Rabies.

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hydrophobia   (hī'drə-fō'bē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Abnormal fear of water.

  2. Rabies.

Our Living Language  : Hydrophobia is an older term for the disease rabies, and it means "fear of water." Because of this name, many people think that rabies makes one afraid of water. In fact, this is not the case (although rabies does cause mental confusion of other kinds). The name hydrophobia comes from the fact that animals and people with rabies get spasms in their throat muscles that are so painful that they cannot eat or drink, and so will refuse water in spite of being very thirsty.
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The use of sedatives may have masked hydrophobia in this patient.
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