Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (ə-răk′nə-fō′bē-ə, -nō-)
An abnormal fear of spiders.

[Greek arakhnē, spider + -phobia.]

a·rach′no·phobe′ n.
a·rach′no·pho′bic adj.


(Pathology) an abnormal fear of spiders
[C20: from Greek arakhnē spider + -phobia]
aˌrachnoˈphobic adj, n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arachnophobia - a morbid fear of spiders
zoophobia - a morbid fear of animals


nArachnophobie f, → Angst fvor Spinnen
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
3 ARACHNOPHOBIA (1990) JEFF Daniels, John Goodman and Julian Sands found themselves dealing with a deadly little creepy crawly from South America after it hitched a lift to the US in a coffin and began breeding with local spiders.
Study participants who were shown just seven seconds of a scene from a recent "Spider-Man" movie lowered their arachnophobia score -- taken before and after the viewing -- by 20%.
Seeing them on the screen for just seven seconds slashes symptoms of insect phobia and arachnophobia by a fifth.
After all, their hairy bodies, eight hairy legs, eight eyes, and a poisonous bite are the source of one of the most common phobias - arachnophobia.
Later that night, we will have a showing of the bloodcurdling Mommie Dearest, in which Joan Crawford's callous and abusive behaviour towards her children will put your mild arachnophobia in perspective.
But if you suffer from arachnophobia, be ready to get freaked out by this week's episode, as something is stirring among the spider population of Sheffield.
Summary: It started as a way to help people suffering from arachnophobia.
Experiments with subjects suffering from Arachnophobia have shown positive results.
Summary: A person with arachnophobia is encouraged, under controlled circumstances, to relax and face his fear over a period of time
It's not quite a watch, but we couldn't resist adding the Arachnophobia Gold from MB&F.
Even for those without arachnophobia (fear of spiders), this clip will surely make you cringe.
Fiennes's arachnophobia puts a different twist on overcoming fear.