Morbid fear of needles, pins and other sharp objects, which is usually understood to mean morbid fear of injection (hypodermic) needles.
Unlike the cornucopia of “made up” phobias–e.g., arachibutyrophobia–morbid fear of peanut butter (sticking to the roof of one’s mouth, for goodness sake), cathisophobia–morbid fear of sitting down, xanothophobia–morbid fear of the colour yellow, or lachanophobia–morbid fear of vegetables–needle phobia is real. It has engendered a body of research into the neurologic and psychological responses to needles, and a card-carrying cadre of candy-ass celebs, including none less than Sonny Liston–boxer, Jackie Chan–martial artist who does his own dangerous and painful stunts, Alice Cooper–snake and guillotine rocker, and Snoop Dog–brother from the hood…wooses all. None of the proposed alternatives–aichmophobia, belonephobia, enetophobia, trypanophobia–are in common use or more commonly understood than the somewhat inelegant needle phobia, and are best retired en bloc from the working medical parlance.
None of the proposed alternatives–aichmophobia, belonephobia, enetophobia, trypanophobia–is in common use or more commonly understood than the somewhat inelegant needle phobia; they are best retired en bloc from the working medical parlance. Whilst the use of a term with classic (Latin, Greek) roots is laudable from an etymological standpoint, given that such terms fill lexical voids and are an attempt to “smarten up”–as opposed to “dumb down”–medical English, the danger in their use lies in the level of comprehension by patients in written or verbal informed consent documentation. Such documents should always err on the side of dumber than smarter, given the willingness of patients to sue for the most trivial of alleged transgressions–e.g., informed consents that are written above patients level of comprehension.
Synonyms Aichmophobia, belonephobia, enetophobia, trypanophobia