One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Medicine. Dread of or abnormal sensitivity to (the movement of) air, specifically as a symptom of rabies.
2Dislike of fresh air; irrational fear of draughts. Now rare.
3The fear of air travel.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in New & Complete Dictionary Arts & Science. From aero- + -phobia.
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