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Topic: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY

Date: 1800-1900
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Latin claustrum 'bar keeping a door closed' ( CLOISTER) + Modern Latin phobia 'fear'

claustrophobia

noun
     
claus‧tro‧pho‧bi‧a [uncountable]
MP a strong fear of being in a small enclosed space or in a situation that limits what you can do [↪ agoraphobia]
claustrophobic adjective:
I get claustrophobic in elevators.
a claustrophobic atmosphere
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