GC: n

S: MD – (last access: 17 October 2016); GTH – (last access: 17 October 2016).

N: 1. From Greek akros (at the top) and phobia (fear).
Coined by an Italian physician, Dr. Andrea Verga, in a paper describing the condition, from which Verga himself suffered.
2. The morbid fear of heights.
3. Visual height stimuli that involve a critically large distance between the nearest visible stationary contrasts within the field of vision and the observer’s eyes may cause impaired visual control of postural balance.
Defined as a specific phobia with symptoms of a panic attack leading to avoidance behavior and psychological and/or psychosocial impairment.
4. Cultural interrelation: We can mention the 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo, in which the main character suffers from acrophobia and vertigo.

S: 1.OED – (last access:17 October 2016). 2. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 21 October 2016). 3. NCBI – (consulta: 21.10.2016). 4. AHWIKI – (last access: 17 October 2016).

SYN: hypsiphobia, altophobia.

S: TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 21 October 2016)

CR: agoraphobia, claustrophobia, diziness, phobia, vertigo.