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Definition of Aerophobia

Aerophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of flying. Sufferers experience severe anxiety even though they usually realize that the flying does not pose a threat commensurate with their fear.

Aerophobia also means an irrational fear of fresh air or drafts of air.

Derived from the Greek "aero-", air or gas + "phobos", fear = literally, fear of air.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9945
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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