aichmophobia

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aichmè- +‎ -phobia

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aichmophobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of needles and other pointed or sharp objects.
    • 1977, George W. Kisker, The disorganized personality
      In aichmophobia the person develops a pathological fear of sharp and pointed objects. He or she fears pieces of broken glass, scraps of metal, nails, and scissors. Fear of this kind leads to all sorts of eccentric habits.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 5,
      “Hmm,” said Catherine. “It looks like something out of a field hospital.” And she shot a tiny forbidding glance at Nick, who saw that it was probably the aichmophobia, the horror of sharp objects, that made the serving and carving of a haunch of venison impossible for her.

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