Aquaphobia
An abnormal and persistent fear of water. Sufferers from aquaphobia experience anxiety even though they realize the water in an ocean, a river, a lake, a creek or even a bathtub may pose no imminent threat. They generally avoid such activities as boating and swimming. Around the house, they may fear the water in a shower or tub and even desist from bathing therein. The word "aquaphobia" is a hybrid term with roots in two ancient tongues. It is from the Latin "aqua" (water) and the Greek "phobos" (fear).
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Morbid fear of water. [L. aqua, water, + G. phobos, fear]

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aq·ua·pho·bia (ak″wə-foґbe-ə) [aqua- + -phobia] irrational fear of water, i.e., of swimming or of being near water where one might fall in and drown.

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