Medical Definition of Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of closed spaces, of being closed in or being shut in, as in elevators, tunnels, or any other confined space. The fear is excessive (and quite common).

The word "claustrophobia" is an amalgam made from the Latin "claudere", to shut + the Greek "phobis", fear.

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Panic attacks are repeated attacks of fear that can last for several minutes. See Answer

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018