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Definition of «Arachnophobia»

Arachnophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of spiders. Sufferers from arachnophobia experience undue anxiety even though they realize the risk of encountering a spider and being harmed by it is small or nonexistent. They may avoid going barefoot and may be especially alert when taking showers or getting into and out of bed. This phobia was exploited in a 1990 movie called Arachnophobia.

"Arachnophobia" is derived from the Greek "arachne" (spider) and "phobos" (fear). The Greek word was derived from the name "Arachne," a maiden in Greek mythology whom the goddess Athena turned into a spider after the girl, a skilled weaver, challenged Athena to a weaving contest.

"Arachno-" is also part of the term "arachnodactyly" which refers to long spider-like fingers and toes, a frequent finding in Marfan syndrome, a heritable disorder of connective tissue.

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  • Arachnophobia (1990) - IMDb

    With Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak. South American killer spider hitches a lift to the US in a coffin and starts to breed and kill ...

  • arachnophobia: Definition from Answers.com

    Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary ( ə-răk ' nə-fō ' bē-ə, -nō- ) n. An abnormal fear of spiders. [ ARACHN(ID) + -PHOBIA .] arachnophobe a·rach ' no ...

  • Arachnophobia: Fear Of Spiders - Techniques For Relief

    Arachnophobia: fear of spiders. Techniques for relief ... Arachnophobia is defined as an inordinate fear of spiders. This phobia can often be triggered by the thought ...

  • The Earthlife Web - Arachnophobia

    An introduction to arachnophobia ... Arachnophobia is the scientific name for the fear of spiders. It is the most common example of an animal-based phobia and many people ...

  • Arachnophobia - Rotten Tomatoes

    Arachnophobia may not deliver genuine chills, but it's an affectionate, solidly built tribute to Hollywood's classic creature features.

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