Acrophobia



a pathological fear of heights.
Contemporary Examples

Contemporary society has gifted us with a phobia potentially as strong as acrophobia or the fear of flying: smartphone anxiety.
Do You Suffer From Smartphone Anxiety? (And if So, What the Hell’s Your Problem?) Melissa Fares April 29, 2014

Historical Examples

Probably the commonest is acrophobia, so that the detailed consideration of it shows the indications for other dreads.
Psychotherapy James J. Walsh

noun
abnormal fear or dread of being at a great height
n.

“morbid fear of heights,” 1887, medical Latin, from Greek akros “at the end, the top” (see acrid) + -phobia “fear.” Coined by Italian physician Dr. Andrea Verga in a paper describing the condition, from which Verga himself suffered.

In this paper, read somewhat over a year ago at the congress of alienists at Pavia, the author makes confession of his own extreme dread of high places. Though fearless of the contagion of cholera, he has palpitations on mounting a step-ladder, finds it unpleasant to ride on the top of a coach or to look out of even a first-story window, and has never used an elevator. [“American Journal of Psychology,” Nov. 1888, abstract of Verga’s report]

acrophobia ac·ro·pho·bi·a (āk’rə-fō’bē-ə)
n.
An abnormal fear of heights.
acrophobia [(ak-ruh-foh-bee-uh)]

An abnormal fear of heights.

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  • Acrophony

    the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd’s crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd’s crook. the use of […]



  • Acrophonic

    the use of what was originally a logogram as a phonetic symbol for the initial sound of the word the logogram represented, as, in Semitic writing, the use of a picture of a shepherd’s crook to represent the sound (l), the first sound of lamed, the Hebrew word for a shepherd’s crook. the use of […]

  • Acropolis

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