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Definition of Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of closed spaces, of being closed in or being shut in, as in elevators, tunnels, or any other confined space. The fear is excessive (and quite common).

The word "claustrophobia" is an amalgam made from the Latin "claudere", to shut + the Greek "phobis", fear.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9951
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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