An abnormal and persistent fear of horses. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety even when a horse is known to be gentle and well trained. They usually avoid horses entirely rather than risk being kicked, bitten or thrown. They may also fear other hoofed animals such as ponies, donkeys and mules.
This type of phobia may be triggered by a fall from a horse (which is probably why it is said that, after a fall from a horse, one should get right back on).
“Hippophobia” is derived from the Greek “hippos” (horse) and “phobos” fear. “Hippos” has given us the English word “hippodrome,” the oval-shaped racecourses in ancient Greece and Rome where horse and chariot races took place. “Hippodrome” can also refer to any building or arena of the present or past designed for circuses, games and other entertainments.
An alternate name for fear of horses is “equinophobia,” a hybrid word (one that is composed of roots from different languages). It is derived from the Latin “equus” (horse) and Greek “phobos” (fear). “Equus” also gives us the English words “equoid” and “equine” (resembling a horse). Talipes equinovarus is the common form of clubfoot in which the heel is elevated (like a horse’s) and turned inward.
- Hirschsprung disease
A congenital abnormality (birth defect) of the bowel in which there is absence of the ganglia (nerves) in the wall of the bowel. Nerves are missing starting at the anus and extending a variable distance up the bowel. This results in megacolon (massive enlargement of the bowel) above the point where the nerves are missing. […]
Having excessive facial and bodily hair. Hirsutism can be a side effect of certain medications (such as prednisone) or reflect an underlying hormonal imbalance.
Refludan) are genetically engineered recombinant forms of hirudin.
The use of leeches for medical therapy. From hirudin, the active principle in the salivary secretion of leeches that acts as a potent anticoagulant (blood thinner).
- His disease
184-189, 1999). The organism (B. quintana) that causes trench fever also has been found responsible for a disease called bacillary angiomatosis in people infected with HIV and for infection of the heart and great vessels (endocarditis) with bloodstream infection. Trench fever is also called Wolhynia fever, shin bone fever, quintan fever, five-day fever, Meuse fever, […]