- 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 -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).