If you suffer from arachnophobia, you have a paralyzing fear of spiders. Your arachnophobia might make you too terrified to venture into basements, attics, and barns — or to read "Charlotte's Web."

The vast majority of people are at least a little leery of eight-legged creatures, but someone with a true case of arachnophobia will often suffer a panic attack if he sees — or even think about seeing — a spider. The word arachnophobia comes from two roots, arachnid, "spider," from the Greek arakhne, "spider or spider's web," and phobia, "fear," from the Greek phobos.

Definitions of arachnophobia

n a morbid fear of spiders

Type of:
a morbid fear of animals

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