hydrophobia


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hy·dro·pho·bi·a

 (hī′drə-fō′bē-ə)
n.
1. An abnormal fear of water.
2. Rabies.

[Sense 2, from the fact that persons suffering from rabies refuse water because of painful throat spasms .]

hydrophobia

(ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə)
n
1. (Pathology) another name for rabies
2. (Psychiatry) a fear of drinking fluids, esp that of a person with rabies, because of painful spasms when trying to swallow. Compare aquaphobia

hy•dro•pho•bi•a

(ˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bi ə)

n.
1. rabies.
2. an abnormal or unnatural dread of water.
[1540–50; < Late Latin < Greek hydrophobía]

hy·dro·pho·bi·a

(hī′drə-fō′bē-ə)
See rabies.
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.

hydrophobia

an abnormal fear of water.
See also: Water
rabies in human beings. Also called lyssa.
See also: Rabies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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)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
zoonosis, zoonotic disease - an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
Translations
hydrofobiavesikauhu
hidrofóbiaveszettségvíziszony

hydrophobia

[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə] Nhidrofobia f

hydrophobia

[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbiə] nhydrophobie f

hydrophobia

[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə] nidrofobia

hy·dro·pho·bi·a

n. hidrofobia.
1. temor excesivo al agua;
2. pop. rabia.
trastorno trasmitido por un animal infestado.

hydrophobia

n hidrofobia, terror m al agua (esp. en los rabiosos)
References in classic literature ?
In the course of a few days he showed symptoms of hydrophobia, and became raving toward night.
The doctors took over forty stitches in him and shot him full of that Pasteur dope for hydrophobia.
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A lock-jaw that bends a man's head back to his heels; hydrophobia that makes him bark at his wife and babes; insanity that makes him eat grass; war, plague, cholera, famine, indicate a certain ferocity in nature, which, as it had its inlet by human crime, must have its outlet by human suffering.
We call it hydrophobia, but they call it dewanee--the madness-- and run.
His trouble was not hydrophobia, but simple, plain madness.
At one time, the disease was called as hydrophobia (from the Greek words hydro for 'water' and phobos for 'fear').
These signs and symptoms include hydrophobia (fear of water), foaming at the mouth, disorientation, uncoordination, and staggering, paralysis of the hind legs, loss of appetite, weakness, seizures, and aggressiveness--the reason rabid cats and dogs bite even when unprovoked.
The New England physicians -- the Eclectics -- used this herb to treat hydrophobia (rabies) with some success as over 400 cases were claimed to be cured.
She had clinical symptoms consistent with rabies before death: hydrophobia, agitation, and localized paralysis.
WHAT was once called hydrophobia, and of which hydrophobia remains a symptom?
Patient was noted to have hydrophobia and aerophobia.