- An abnormally excessive and persistent fear of heights. Sufferers experience severe anxiety even though they usually realize that, as a rule, heights pose no real threat to them. Derived from the Greek "acron", height + "phobos", fear.
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* * *ac·ro·pho·bia .ak-rə-'fō-bē-ə n abnormal or pathological dread of being in a high place: fear of heightsac·ro·pho·bic -bik adj
* * *ac·ro·pho·bia (ak″ro-foґbe-ə) [acro- + -phobia] irrational fear of heights.
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