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Definition of "hydrophobia" []

  • An abnormal fear of water. (noun)
  • Rabies. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hydrophobia" in a sentence
  • "(By the way, I am told that hydrophobia is unknown in Cochin China.)"
  • "In sum, I cannot imagine how anything can be more prejudicial to a monarchy than the allowing of such books to be publicly read, without present applying such correctives of discreet masters as are fit to take away their venom: which venom I will not doubt to compare to the biting of a mad dog, which is a disease that physicians call hydrophobia, or fear of water."
  • "“Rabies's scientific name is hydrophobia, which people associate as a fear of water, but I think it's called hydrophobia because of the foaming that occurs,” said Mangrove."