Foaming at the mouth? Terrified of drinking water? You're displaying all the signs of hydrophobia, a common symptom of rabies. Unfortunately by this point you're probably beyond curing. Or reading online definitions.

Take hydro (meaning "water") and phobia (meaning "fear") and you have hydrophobia — a fear of water. This could be a purely psychological issue that started in the lake at summer camp, or it could be physically motivated by disease — such as rabies.

Definitions of hydrophobia
  1. noun
    a morbid fear of water
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    type of:
    simple phobia
    any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli
  2. noun
    an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
    synonyms: lyssa, madness, rabies
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    type of:
    zoonosis, zoonotic disease
    an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
  3. noun
    a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids
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    type of:
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
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