from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An abnormal fear of water.
- n. Rabies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aversion to water, as a symptom of rabies; rabies itself.
- n. Fear of water (colloquial, fear of water is technically called aquaphobia, so not to be confused with rabies).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An abnormal dread of water, said to be a symptom of canine madness; hence
- n. A viral disease trransmitted by a bite from, or inoculation with the saliva of, a rabid creature, of which the chief symptoms are, a sense of dryness and constriction 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Hence— Rabies, especially in human beings.
- n. Any morbid or unnatural dread of water, such as may exist independently of rabies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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. a symptom of rabies in humans consisting of an aversion to swallowing liquids
- n. a morbid fear of water
From Latin hydrophobia, from Ancient Greek ὑδροφοβία (hydrophobia). (Wiktionary)