- An abnormal and persistent fear of closed spaces, of being closed in or being shut in, as in elevators, tunnels, or any other confined space. The fear is excessive (and quite common). The word "claustrophobia" is an amalgam made from the Latin "claudere", to shut + the Greek "phobis", fear.
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* * *claus·tro·pho·bia .klȯ-strə-'fō-bē-ə n abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces
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* * *claus·tro·pho·bia (klaws″tro-foґbe-ə) [L. claudere to shut + -phobia] irrational fear of being shut in; fear of enclosed spaces, such as elevators and tunnels.
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