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Definition of Cynophobia

Cynophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of dogs. Sufferers from cynophobia experience anxiety even though they realize that most dogs pose no threat. To avoid dogs, they may barricade yards or refuse to travel except in an enclosed vehicle.

"Cynophobia" is derived from the Greek "kyon" (dog) and "phobos"(fear).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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