• WordNet 3.6
    • n hydrophobia an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
    • n hydrophobia a morbid fear of water
    • n hydrophobia a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hydrophobia (Med) An abnormal dread of water, said to be a symptom of canine madness; hence:
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hydrophobia In pathology: A symptom of rabies in man, consisting in a furious a version to liquids and an inability to swallow them. See rabies.
    • n hydrophobia Hence— Rabies, especially in human beings.
    • n hydrophobia Any morbid or unnatural dread of water, such as may exist independently of rabies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hydrophobia hī-dro-fō′bi-a an unnatural dread of water, a symptom of a disease known as Rabies, usually resulting from the bite of a mad dog—hence the disease itself
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; "y`dwr water + fear: cf. F. hydrophobie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hydōr, water, phobos, fear.


In literature:

And if that dog gives me hydrophobia, I'll sue the whole outfit of you!
"The Dragon's Secret" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Against this, I should like to know how many persons really suffering from hydrophobia have been cured by it.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, June 1887" by Various
Fortunately hydrophobia is unknown in the Levant.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Where there is reason to suspect that the animal has hydrophobia, it should be, if possible, at once confined, and watched for developments.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
One of his most stirring narratives related to the manner in which he escaped hydrophobia, after being bitten by a rabid wolf.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
Hydrophobia demands a few words.
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
Instead of sending for the doctor, her father posted off to an old woman famous for her treatment of hydrophobia.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
You want to catch hydrophobia?
"The Corner House Girls Growing Up" by Grace Brooks Hill
Hydrophobia is never cured, not even by the devil-dancers of Ceylon.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Now, how did he know but he had given him the hydrophobia?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
It wouldn't at all astonish me if the animal was to come back with hydrophobia and give it to all the family.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
In summer, it is the heat and the dogs and the hydrophobia.
"Maids Wives and Bachelors" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Dreadful as hydrophobia may be to the human being, rabies is worse to the dog.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Human beings call it hydrophobia.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
What are the first signs of hydrophobia?
"The Rosery Folk" by George Manville Fenn
In your Legislature they have just been discussing a law against dogs, for now and then a man is bitten and dies of hydrophobia.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Before a month had gone over, the dog showed symptoms of hydrophobia, and I shot him.
"Great Mysteries and Little Plagues" by John Neal
Just bite him and he'll die from hydrophobia.
"The Black Fawn" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
Hydrophobia itself is probably a spontaneous production in canines subjected to starvation and ill-usage.
"Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science" by Hudson Tuttle
We hope that it is impossible ever to have such a thing as hydrophobia in California.
"True Bear Stories" by Joaquin Miller