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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 .]
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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
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hy•dro•pho•bi•a(ˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bi ə)
2. an abnormal or unnatural dread of water.
[1540–50; < Late Latin < Greek hydrophobía]
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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.
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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|
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hydrophobia[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə] N → hidrofobia f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
hydrophobia[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbiə] n → hydrophobie f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
hydrophobia[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪə] n → idrofobia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
1. temor excesivo al agua;
2. pop. rabia.
trastorno trasmitido por un animal infestado.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
hydrophobian hidrofobia, terror m al agua (esp. en los rabiosos)
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