Medical Definition of Fear of marriage

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Fear of marriage: An abnormal and persistent fear of being married. Sufferers of this phobia experience undue anxiety even though they may rationally realize that the married state itself poses no threat to them. They may fear the challenge of living with another person and the responsibility of rearing a family. Or they may worry about failing as a sexual partner.

Fear of being married is termed "gametophobia," a word derive from the Greek "gamete" (wife) and "gamein" (to marry).

In English the term "gamete" technically refers to either of two types of cells that unite in reproduction to begin formation of an embryo. In males, these cells are referred to as sperm. In females, they are referred to as eggs.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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