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DEFINITION: n. A fear dental instruments, in particular the fear that your dentist will drop an instrument down your throat while chatting with the dental assistant.

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Created by: blondibabi121692

Pronunciation: denta in ster ment fo bee ah

Sentence: His severe dentainsturmentphobia kept him from scheduling regular appointments.


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Created by: ziggy41

Pronunciation: Feer-fall

Sentence: "I cannot go to the dentist, I suffer extreme fearfawl. What if he keeps that little air sucking thing in my mouth, then goes to wash his hands. The tube would fall straight into my stomach, suck up everything in there, and probably suck up some organs or something... and then I'll be hungry."

Etymology: Fearful (full of fear) + awl (a drill) + fall (as in down one's throat)

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Created by: porsche

Pronunciation: dent/his/tar/ia

Sentence: Denthysteria is the fear of anything dental

Etymology: dentistry + hysteria

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Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: dent-fo-ball

Sentence: Kip's dentphobal was mirrored by his fear of that spit sucking device.

Etymology: dental and phobe

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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˌdɛntuˌlɛɹn̩ɡoʊˈfoʊbiə/

Sentence: My dentist thinks I just have a particularly sensitive gag-reflex, but it's actually dentoolaryngophobia.

Etymology: dent- (relating to the teeth) + tool (tool) + laryngo- (relating to the throat) + -phobia (fear)


whoa - that's a mouthful - Jabberwocky, 2007-06-27: 11:14:00

I love this word. So technical. And with double o's. Speaking of multiple o's, there's only one word in the English language that I know of that has three o's in a row. It's laparohysterosalipingooophorectomy. Hope I spelled that right. It's fairly technical, too, I guess. - Clayton, 2007-06-27: 21:22:00


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Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: poe-kee-choe-kee-foe-bee-ah

Sentence: the drugs had started numbing her mouth and as the dentist picked up some sharp looking tools and started telling the nurse about his weekend she became gripped by pokeychokeyphobia

Etymology: poke, choke, phobia


its not a real fear... its just a fauxbia - rikboyee, 2007-06-27: 03:00:00

petaj The thing with dentistry is that it really is all in your head! - petaj, 2007-06-27: 03:21:00

This happens a lot in Florida, where it is sometimes referred to as Okeechobeepokeychokeyphobia. Like the Tarantella, they've choreographed a dance to rid oneself of this unnatural fear - the HokeyPokeychokeyphobia. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-27: 07:26:00

Oh, and don't forget about the less common (also found in Florida) fear: Pahokeepokeychokeyphobia. - ziggy41, 2007-06-27: 11:07:00

When the diagnosis of the phobia is confirmed - okiedokiepokeychokeyphobia. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-27: 14:38:00


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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: dent-ool-scare-eez

Sentence: Phil McCavity, was an incompetent dentist who left me with life-long dentalscaries. On my first visit he jabbed the anaesthetic into my lip causing me to choke on the suctioner.

Etymology: dental caries + scare


Best word! no contest! - galwaywegian, 2007-06-27: 06:04:00

petaj Thanks - petaj, 2007-06-27: 07:19:00


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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: jin/ji/fry/tis

Sentence: I developed a severe case of gingifrightis after the dentist accidentally scraped a tonsil with a scaling tool. Now I gag every time I see an olive on a pick.

Etymology: gingivitis + fright


Quite the toothpickle. - purpleartichokes, 2007-06-27: 08:08:00

Funny, funny. - Clayton, 2007-06-27: 21:19:00


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Created by: Osomatic

Pronunciation: GAACK + a + phobia

Sentence: I just know this is going to be the time she drops that pick down my throat, making me go GAACK! Yeah, I've got gaackaphobia.

Etymology: A fear I didn't *used* to have. Thanks a lot, Verbotomy.


great word - Jabberwocky, 2007-06-27: 14:14:00


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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: gag/get/xi/ety

Sentence: The fear of choking on an inadvertently misplaced dental probe caued Jamie a lot of gagetxiety.

Etymology: gag + gadget + anxiety

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Today's definition was suggested by remistram. Thank you remistram! ~ James