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Ablutophobia – Fear of Bathing

baby in bath

Not an ablutophobic

Another question from the reference desk.

“What is the fear of bathing called?”

After a quick trip around an encyclopedia of phobias, we got this definition:

Ablutophobia is the fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning oneself.

Given the choice between having something like the fear of bananas and the fear of washing off, I’d happily take the former.

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