An intense fear of snakes.

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  • Ophidiophobia — or ophiophobia is a particular type of specific phobia, the abnormal fear of snakes. Fear of snakes is sometimes called by a more general term, herpetophobia, fear of reptiles and/or amphibians. The word comes from the Greek words ophis (ὄφις)… …   Wikipedia

  • ophidiophobia — (n.) 1914, excessive fear of snakes or reptiles, from ophidio apparently extracted from Mod.L. ophidia, a word coined arbitrarily (to provide an ia form to serve as an order name in taxonomy) from Gk. ophis serpent + PHOBIA (Cf. phobia) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ophidiophobia — noun The phobia or fear of snakes. But why would the proud Egyptians borrow spells composed by foreigners in an alien tongue? The answer in a word: ophiophobia (fear of snakes). The Egyptians believed that poisonous snakes posed a threat to the… …   Wiktionary

  • ophidiophobia — Morbid fear of snakes. [G. ophidion, a small snake, + phobos, fear] * * * ophid·io·pho·bia ō .fid ē (.)ō fō bē ə n abnormal fear of snakes …   Medical dictionary

  • ophidiophobia — fear of snakes Phobias …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • ophidiophobia — A fear of snakes …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • List of phobias — This article is about the suffix phobia. For the class of psychological disorders, see Phobia. Contents 1 Psychological conditions 1.1 Animal phobias …   Wikipedia

  • Phobia — A phobia (from the Greek: φόβος, Phóbos, meaning fear or morbid fear ) is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically… …   Wikipedia

  • -phobia — The English suffixes phobia, phobic, phobe ( of Greek origin: φόβος/φοβία ) occur in technical usage in psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, disabling fear as a mental disorder (e.g., agoraphobia), in chemistry to describe… …   Wikipedia

  • Specific phobia — A specific phobia is a generic term for any kind of anxiety disorder that amounts to an unreasonable or irrational fear related to exposure to specific objects or situations. As a result, the affected persons tend to actively avoid direct contact …   Wikipedia

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