Fear of Injections

‘Needle phobia’ is an expression that is commonly used by a lot of people for fear of injections. Doctors, on the other hand, refer to the extreme and irrational fear of injections as ‘trypanophobia’. The ‘y’ in the first syllable is like the ‘i’ in ‘bit’, ‘hit’, and ‘sit’, and the following syllable is pronounced like the word ‘pan’. It is also possible to pronounce the ‘a’ in the second syllable like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The ‘o’ is like the ‘o’ in ‘go’, so’ and ‘no’, and the final syllables are pronounced like the word ‘phobia’. The main stress is on ‘pho’. These are just two of the ways of pronouncing the word.

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column –  Jan 08, 2008

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