• 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