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What is the fear of water called?

Asked by RockerChick14 (948 points ) December 12th, 2012 from iPhone

I’m wondering because my friend has always had a fear of water even when she was little.

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Seek's avatar

Aquaphobia.

Here’s a wikipedia entry.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Hydrophobia was my guess.

Seek's avatar

Hydrophobia is actually a water allergy or aversion to drinking, or a chemical reaction to the skin caused by water.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Just looked it up. You’re right.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Hydrophobia was also an older name for Rabies, so rather different >.>.

Seek's avatar

One of the symptoms of rabies is avoiding drinking water. QED.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Indeed. And now I need to go look up of anyone knows the reason for that, because that kind of specific neurological change is very interesting, and usually limited to more complex parasites.

KNOWITALL's avatar

So interesting. I don’t like drinking water and I’m afraid of what’s under the water in lakes, rivers and oceans. And I’m afraid of dying by drowning. But I’m an Aquarian so I’ve always thought it was weird.

psyonicpanda's avatar

@KNOWITALL That ma’am is an oxymoron.

ucme's avatar

Drowning?
Bugger, it’s in general, quick man, think…...aquaphobia, yeah that’s it.

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