Fear of heat
An abnormal, excessive and persistent fear of heat, including hot weather and hot objects. Sufferers from this fear experience anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. To avoid heat, they may live in a cold climate, wear light clothing, stay indoors on warm days, and avoid hot water and hot foods. Fear of heat is termed "thermophobia," a word derived from the Greek "therme" (heat) and "phobos" (fear). "Therme" has been used to form many English words, such as "thermometer" (a device for measuring temperature) and "thermostat" (a device for regulating temperature). The opposite of thermophobia is cryophobia, fear of the cold.

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