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An abnormal fear of dirt or contamination.

[Greek musos, uncleanness + -phobia.]
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(Psychology) a pathological fear of dirt or contamination
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misophobia, musophobia, mysophobia

an abnormal fear of dirt, especially of being contaminated by dirt.
See also: Dirt
an abnormal fear or dislike of dirt.
See also: Cleanliness
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mysophobia - a morbid fear of dirt or contamination
simple phobia - any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli
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Literature provides an even wider spectrum of mental disorders Hitler may have suffered from, ranging from a paranoid personality accentuation with ideas of persecution and grandeur over a narcissistic and hysterical psychopathy including hysterical blindness or paresis respectively, or, alternatively, a schizoidia up to a paranoid schizophrenia with hallucinations of cadaveric poison, coenesthesias, bacillophobia and delusions of persecution and blessedness.
Stossel suffers from a wide range of phobias, "to name a few: enclosed spaces (claustrophobia); heights (acrophobia); fainting (asthenophobia); being trapped far from home (a species of agoraphobia); germs (bacillophobia); cheese (turophobia); flying (aerophobia); vomiting (emetophobia); and, naturally, vomiting while flying (aeronausiphobia).''
First, the War on Tuberculosis was characterized by a "bacillophobia," an obsession with preventing the spread of the Koch bacillus rather than by a concern with fortifying physical resistance to infection or eliminating the poverty that facilitated its spread.