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List of phobias

The following is a list of phobias or more accurately, fears that have been given names. The article on phobias discusses the different kinds of phobias in more detail. In most instances the words listed here are neologisms (made-up words) coined to demonstrate a grasp of Greek word roots rather than descriptions of an actual condition. Only a few of the following terms occur in the medical literature.

Most of these terms were devised by adding the suffix -phobia to a Greek word for the object of the fear (some use a combination of a Latin root with the Greek suffix, which some consider linguistically impure).

Modern psychiatry groups phobias as "agoraphobia", "social phobia", or "simple phobia", avoiding coined words other than those which have been established by long use.

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