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Aichmophobia (pronounced [īk-mō-fō′bē-ă]) is a kind of specific phobia, the morbid fear of sharp things, such as pencils (like needles, knives, a pointing finger, or even the sharp end of an umbrella[1]). It is derived from the Greek aichmē (point) and phobos (fear).

Sometimes this term is incorrectly[citation needed] used for trypanophobia, which is the extreme and irrational fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles.

See also


  1. ^ "Aichmophobia" article from Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary online


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