Hydrophobia is an excessive and persistent fear of water. People with hydrophobia feel terror and anxiety when thinking about any kind of water, and these feelings often prevent them from getting near pools and oceans. Some individuals have such extreme hydrophobia that even bathtubs or a full sink can elicit fear.
There is some debate over this phobia’s name. While hydrophobia is accurate, as both root words have Greek origins, this term already has a medical definition. Hydrophobia is an archaic name for a symptom that occurs in the later stages of rabies and has no relation to a fear of water. As a result, many people have chosen to adopt "aquaphobia" as the name for this true. In most cases, either one is acceptable, and the context should reveal the meaning.
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