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hydrophobia


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hydrophobia  \Hy`dro*pho"bi*a\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?;  "y`dwr  water  + 
  ?  fear:  cf  F.  hydrophobie.]  (Med.) 
  a  An  abnormal  dread  of  water,  said  to  be  a  symptom  of 
  canine  madness;  hence: 
  b  The  disease  caused  by  a  bite  form  or  inoculation  with 
  the  saliva  of  a  rabid  creature,  of  which  the  chief 
  symptoms  are  a  sense  of  dryness  and  construction  in  the 
  throat,  causing  difficulty  in  deglutition,  and  a  marked 
  heightening  of  reflex  excitability,  producing  convulsions 
  whenever  the  patient  attempts  to  swallow,  or  is  disturbed 
  in  any  way  as  by  the  sight  or  sound  of  water;  rabies; 
  canine  madness.  [Written  also  {hydrophoby}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hydrophobia 
  n  :  an  acute  viral  disease  of  the  nervous  system  of  warm-blooded 
  animals  (usually  transmitted  by  the  bite  of  a  rabid 
  animal)  [syn:  {rabies},  {madness}] 




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