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1. An abnormal fear of water.
[Sense 2, from the fact that persons suffering from rabies refuse water because of painful throat spasms .]
hy•dro•pho•bi•a(ˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bi ə)
2. an abnormal or unnatural dread of water.
[1540–50; < Late Latin < Greek hydrophobía]
Word History Hydrophobia is an older term for the disease rabies, and it means "fear of water." Because of this name, many people think that rabies makes one afraid of water. In fact, this is not the case (although rabies does cause mental confusion of other kinds). The name hydrophobia comes from the fact that animals and people with rabies get spasms in their throat muscles that are so painful that they cannot eat or drink, and so will refuse water in spite of being very thirsty.
an abnormal fear of water.See also: Water
rabies in human beings. Also called lyssa.See also: Rabies
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|Noun||1.||hydrophobia - a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids|
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
|2.||hydrophobia - a morbid fear of water|
simple phobia - any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli
|3.||hydrophobia - an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain|
hydrophobia[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə] N → hidrofobia f
hydrophobia[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbiə] n → hydrophobie f
hydrophobia[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə] n → idrofobia
1. temor excesivo al agua;
2. pop. rabia.
trastorno trasmitido por un animal infestado.