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Definition of Fear of depths

Fear of depths: An abnormal and persistent fear of depths. Sufferers of this fear experience anxiety even though they realize they are safe from falling into or being consumed by depths. The feared object may be a long, dark hallway, a well or a deep pool or lake.

Fear of depths is termed "bathophobia," a word derived from the Greek "bathos" (depth) and "phobos" (fear).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=12274
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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