- an abnormal fear of water
Origin of hydrophobiafrom the symptomatic inability to swallow liquidsOld-fashioned rabies
Origin of hydrophobiaLate Latin ; from Classical Greek hydrophobia: see hydro- and amp; -phobia
- An abnormal fear of water.
Origin of hydrophobiaSense 2, from the fact that persons suffering from rabies refuse water because of painful throat spasms .
Fear of water is technically called aquaphobia, so not to be confused with rabies.
From Latin hydrophobia, from Ancient Greek ὑδροφοβία (hydrophobia).