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1 a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids
2 a morbid fear of water
3 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 [syn: rabies, lyssa, madness]

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From hydrophobia, from .


  • (US) /ˌhaɪdɻəˈfoʊbɪə/, /%haIdr@"foUbi@/
  • (UK) /ˌhaidɹəˈfəʊbɪə/
  • Rhymes: -əʊbiə


  1. An aversion to water, as a symptom of rabies; rabies itself.
  2. Fear of water.


(pathology) rabies
  • Danish: rabies, hundegalskab
  • Finnish: vesikauhu, hydrofobia
  • German: Tollwut
  • Hungarian: veszettség, hidrofóbia, víziszony
  • Portuguese: ravia
fear of water


From Greek ὑδροφοβία.


hydrophobia 1st declension
  1. hydrophobia

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Hydrophobia may refer to:
  • rabies, especially a set of symptoms of the later stages of an infection, in which the victim has difficulty swallowing, shows panic when presented with liquids to drink, and cannot quench his or her thirst.
  • Aquaphobia, a morbid fear of water, or of swimming. It usually occurs in mild cases involving fear of deep water, and not as a general fear of the substance water.
  • Hydrophobe, a term used in chemistry to describe chemical "aversions" of a molecule or part of a molecule.
  • Hydrophobia (video game), video game.
  • Help! Help! Hydrophobia!, a 1913 movie starring Fatty Arbuckle
  • Hydrophobia, a Hungarian disk magazine (1996–1997), see list of disk magazines.
hydrophobia in German: Hydrophobie
hydrophobia in French: Hydrophobie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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