noun Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1892 abnormal dread of being in a high place ; fear of heights • acrophobe nounacrophobic adjective

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  • Acrophobia — (from Greek polytonic|ἄκρος , meaning summit ) is an extreme or irrational fear of heights. It belongs to a category of specific phobias, called space and motion discomfort that share both similar etiology and options for treatment.Acrophobia can …   Wikipedia

  • acrophobia — (n.) morbid fear of heights, 1887, medical Latin, from Gk. akros at the end, the top (see ACRID (Cf. acrid)) + phobia fear (see PHOBIA (Cf. phobia)). Coined by Italian physician Dr. Andrea Verga in a paper describing the condition, from which… …   Etymology dictionary

  • acrophobia — [ak΄rō fō′bē ə] n. [ ACRO + PHOBIA] an abnormal fear of being in high places acrophobe n …   English World dictionary

  • acrophobia — acrophobic, adj., n. /ak reuh foh bee euh/, n. a pathological fear of heights. [1890 95; < NL; see ACRO , PHOBIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • acrophobia — noun Fear of heights …   Wiktionary

  • Acrophobia — An abnormally excessive and persistent fear of heights. Sufferers experience severe anxiety even though they usually realize that, as a rule, heights pose no real threat to them. Derived from the Greek acron , height + phobos , fear. * * * Morbid …   Medical dictionary

  • acrophobia — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. See fear. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. fear of heights. see phobia …   English dictionary for students

  • acrophobia — fear of heights Phobias …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • acrophobia — n. abnormal fear of heights …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acrophobia — [ˌakrə fəʊbɪə] noun extreme or irrational fear of heights. Derivatives acrophobic adjective Origin C19: from Gk akron summit + phobia …   English new terms dictionary

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