Definition of Hydrophobia

1. Noun. A symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids.

Generic synonyms: Symptom

2. Noun. A morbid fear of water.
Generic synonyms: Simple Phobia

3. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Lyssa, Madness, Rabies
Generic synonyms: Zoonosis, Zoonotic Disease

Definition of Hydrophobia

1. n. An abnormal dread of water, said to be a symptom of canine madness; hence:

Definition of Hydrophobia

1. Noun. (pathology) An aversion to water, as a symptom of rabies; rabies itself. ¹

2. Noun. Fear of water (colloquial, fear of water is technically called aquaphobia, so not to be confused with rabies). ¹

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Definition of Hydrophobia

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Medical Definition of Hydrophobia

1. Fear of water. Origin: Gr. Phobos = fear (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hydrophobia

hydrophilic colloid
hydrophilic group
hydrophilic ointment
hydrophilic petrolatum
hydrophilic signaling molecule
hydrophobia (current term)
hydrophobic bond
hydrophobic bonding
hydrophobic colloid
hydrophobic effect
hydrophobic interaction
hydrophobic tetanus

Literary usage of Hydrophobia

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1854)
"The number of cases of hydrophobia which occurred in France during the year 1852 was 48. These were observed in 14 departments : the department in which the ..."

2. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Nervous System by William Alexander Hammond (1876)
"But Bouley,1 who has investigated the whole subject of hydrophobia with great ability, ... He also says that all living beings affected with hydrophobia are ..."

3. The American Cyclopædia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1874)
"Although hydrophobia in the human subject is so infrequent that many practitioners of considerable experience have never met with a case, it is still of ..."

4. The London Medical Gazette (1830)
"ing the production of hydrophobia, are by no means well founded. It hus been sup- posed that hydrophobia can only take order to see whether the disease ..."

5. Lectures on the Principles and Practice of Physic Delivered at King's by Thomas Watson, David Francis Condie (1855)
"hydrophobia, concluded. Various Questions considered respecting the Disease a» it appears in the Human Subject, and respecting Rabies in the Dog. ..."

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