Definition of hydrophobia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbiə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhaɪdrəˈfoʊbiə//
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extreme fear of water, which happens with rabies infection in humans Word Origin late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek hudrophobia, from hudro- ‘water’ + phobos ‘fear’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hydrophobia