phobo-, phob-, -phobia, -phobias, -phobe, -phobiac, -phobist, -phobic, -phobism, -phobous

(Greek: fear, extreme fear of; morbid, excessive, irrational fear, or terror of something or someone; however, sometimes this Greek element also means a strong dislike, dread, or hatred for something or someone)


For more details about the various phobias, visit this Phobias Introduction page to see Phobia Variations Defined and Explained.

There are only two forces that unite men: fear and self-interest.

—Napoleon Bonparte
megalophobia
An unreasonable distrust of large objects.
The police are very afraid of who or what could leave such big fingerprints.
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melissophobia, melissephobia
An uncontrolled apprehension regarding bees or insects.
meningitophobia (s) (noun)
An uncommon, abnormal, or extreme fear of brain disease: "When Mark started to have a severe headache, he developed meningitophobia because he was extremely fearful that he was beginning to have meningitis."
menophobia
An abnormal fear of menstruation.
merinthophobia
An irrational terror of being bound [tied up].
metallophobia
An unnatural distrust of metals or objects made of metal.
meteorophobia
An uncontrollable apprehension of meteors or meteorites. Also an uncommon fear of certain weather.
methyphobia
An abnormal fear of alcohol or becoming an alcoholic. People with little personal identity, low self-esteem, or feelings of helplessness and dependence might have an exaggerated fear of becoming alcoholic because of their personal temperaments.
metrophobia
An undue dread of poetry.
mettallophobia
microbiophobia
microbiophobia, microphobia, mikrophobia
A fanatical distress or fear of microbes and bacteria.
misocapnist (s) (noun), misocapnists (pl)
1. A person who has an intense animosity against smoking or having anyone around who is polluting the air in the immediate vicinity with tobacco smoke; whether from cigarettes or cigars or from any similar process of smoke distribution: Lynn’s mother was considered to be a misocapnist, sending anyone  holding a "cancer stick" in his or her hands away and not permitting them to come into her house!
2. Anyone who fears smoke exhausts from motor vehicles which are blamed for causing so much pollution in the air: The smell of car and truck emissions made Cindy so sick to her stomach that she decided to live in the forest away from such pollution; and her friends, who were also misocapnists and had similar problems, went to live with her!

Here is a capnophobia link, Part 1 of 4, with images and information for a better understanding of capnophobiacs and why they hate smoking as related to the dangerous practice of smokers.

misodust (s) (noun), misodusts (pl)
A fanatical dread of dirt; especially, of being contaminated and exposed to the germs in it: Some of those who suffer with misodust keep the windows in their houses closed all the time and install elaborate air-filtering equipment to keep the air as clean as possible.

There are also those who feel compelled by their feelings regarding misodust to constantly wipe surfaces and clean their living quarters so often that they are considered to have an obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Anyone who hates dust and the germs that are in it.
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mnemophobia
An unreasonable apprehension, or abnormal fear, of memories.