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
autophobia (a) (noun), autophobias (pl)
The apprehensiveness of solitude or isolation: Sufferers of autophobia often experience extreme anxiety even when they know that being alone does not threaten their well-being.

Some people have autophobias about the possibility of intruders breaking in, or being terrified of strange noises, or even the possibility of developing a medical problem and not having anyone available to take care of them.

An abnormal fear of being left alone.
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bacillophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
A fear of germs or microbes in general: Bacillophobia usually refers to any microorganism which can cause a disease, such as the rod-shaped clostridium bacterium.

The bacillophobia can include many types of bacteria, molds, and viruses and can produce an obsessive-compulsive disorder in which a person may almost constantly wash his or her hands.

bacteriaphobia, bacteriophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An abnormal fear of being in contact with germs: A person suffering from bacteriaphobia, an irrational dread of microorganisms, usually has compulsions about excessive hand washing and cleanliness.
ballistophobia, ballistrophobia (s) (noun); ballistophobias, ballistrophobias (pl)
An exaggerated fear of explosive missiles, projectiles, and bullets: Rick, afflicted with ballistophobia, didn't want to join the military because of his terror of holding a gun or, even worse, being killed by weapons.
barophobia (s) (noun), barophobias (pl)
An irrational fear of the force of gravity: Barophobia involves the terror that someone has of the earth's powerful effect of pulling or drawing down, as if he or she were falling, especially when one is overweight.
baryophobia (s) (noun), baryophobias (pl)
The unreasonable fear of becoming overweight or that one's child will become obese: Because of her baryophobia, Jane was very apprehensive about her daughter Sally getting fat and so she put her on a diet which turned out to be insufficient to support her growth and development, and therefore she went to the doctor to get advice.
basiphobia, basophobia (s) (noun); basiphobias, basophobias (pl)
1. An avoidance of walking because of the fear that something dreadful will happen as a result; such as, collapsing , falling, and being injured or even dying.
2. An emotional inability to stand or to walk even in the absence of a muscle disease.
3. In plants, an inability to adapt to alkaline soils.
basistasiphobia, basostasophobia (s) (nouns); basistasiphobias, basostasophobias (pl)
An exaggerated fear of standing or walking which is related to the fear of falling, collapsing, or causing one's death.
basophobiac (adjective), more basophobiac, most basophobiac
Descriptive of someone who has a dread of walking or standing erect; even when he or she is without any muscular problems.
bathmophobia, bathomophobia (s) (noun); bathmophobias, bathomophobias (pl)
An overly intense fear or hatred of walking: Whenever Patrick went out of his house to go to the local store for food, he experienced a bathmophobia that upset him very much.

A bathmophobia may also involve the horror of going up and down stairs, or of having to be on escalators and elevators.

bathophobia (s) (noun), bathophobias (pl)
An excessive fear of depths or of descending into depths; such as, that which occurs when a person looks down into a well or when he or she is going down into a body of water in a submarine: Bathophobia includes the terror of losing control of oneself while in a high place or of falling from a height and thus being killed.

The meaning of bathophobia does not involve an intense dislike of bathing because in this case, batho or bathos means "deep" and NOT "bath" nor "bathing".

bathysiderodromophobia (s) (noun), bathysiderodromophobias (pl)
A morbid fear of subways, tunnels, or any kind of similar situation that exists underground: Jim's bathysiderodromophobia caused him to always strive to drive on streets that don't go below the surface even if it means that he has to travel farther to his destinations.
batophobia (s) (noun), batophobias (pl)
An abnormal fear of passing or walking close to high objects: Alfred has batophobias whenever he is near high buildings or tall trees because he has such a dread of heights.

The association of Greek batos with “height” is apparently a result of a connection of this word with the second element in acrobat because acrobats are associated with the idea that they perform their arts high over ground levels.

batrachophobia (s) (noun), batrachophobias (pl)
A dread or an aversion to frogs, toads, and newts because of what are often perceived as "slimy things".
belonephobia (s) (noun), belonephobias (pl)
An exaggerated or irrational fear of pins and needles or of anything that has a sharp ending: When Frank was a little child, he grabbed something from his mother's sewing basket and his hand was punctured with pins and for the rest of life he has had belonephobias which have resulted in abnormal behavior and anxieties about such objects.