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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ag′ōr-ă-fō′bē-ă


A mental disorder characterized by an irrational fear of leaving the familiar setting of home, or venturing into the open, so pervasive that a large number of external life situations are entered into reluctantly or are avoided; often associated with panic attacks.

[G. agora, marketplace, + phobos, fear]

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