zoophobia

When someone is deeply afraid of animals — whether that fear relates to mice, cats, or elephants — they suffer from zoophobia. If you have zoophobia, you probably shouldn't pursue a career as a veterinarian.

This word's roots couldn't be more clear: zoo- relates to animals, from the Greek zoion, and phobia means "irrational fear," also from a Greek root, phobos. Some people with zoophobia are terrified of every non-human animal, although it's more common for zoophobia to relate to a single type of animal, like alligators or lions. In any case, if you suffer from zoophobia, the idea of visiting the zoo likely fills you with dread.

Definitions of zoophobia
  1. noun
    a morbid fear of animals
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    acarophobia
    a morbid fear of small insects and mites and worms
    arachnophobia
    a morbid fear of spiders
    ailurophobia
    a morbid fear of cats
    cynophobia
    a morbid fear of dogs
    entomophobia
    a morbid fear of insects
    lepidophobia
    a morbid fear of snakes
    musophobia
    a morbid fear of mice
    type of:
    simple phobia
    any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli
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