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An abnormal fear of being near an object of great height, such as a skyscraper or mountain.

[Greek batos, passable (from bainein, to go; see gwā- in Indo-European roots) + -phobia.]

bat′o·phobe′ n.
bat′o·pho′bic adj.


1. acrophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of passing high buildings.
See also: Heights
1. an abnormal fear of being too close to buildings.
2. an abnormal fear of tall buildings.
See also: Buildings
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Provided of course, one does not have batophobia -- the fear of being in or next to tall buildings.
And after the dreadful events of 9/11, many people developed batophobia - a fear of being close to tall buildings which is perfectly understandable.