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An abnormal fear of dirt or contamination.

[Greek musos, uncleanness + -phobia.]


(Psychology) a pathological fear of dirt or contamination

misophobia, musophobia, mysophobia

an abnormal fear of dirt, especially of being contaminated by dirt.
See also: Dirt
an abnormal fear or dislike of dirt.
See also: Cleanliness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mysophobia - a morbid fear of dirt or contamination
simple phobia - any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli
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What is mysophobia, a condition some animals suffer from?
It is unclear how many people are affected by mysophobia, but the fear can sometimes lead to obsessive compulsive disorders that cause people to wash their hands incessantly or spend hours cleaning, according to WebMD.
Mandel is candid about these challenges, just as he was in his 2009 best-selling memoir, Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me, when discussing daily struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and mysophobia, which is an irrational fear of germs.