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claustrophobia (noun) fear of being in narrow and enclosed places.
Narrow and enclosed places cause fear among some people. Such a fear is claustrophobia. A person suffering from claustrophobia has a fear of being in enclosed places. They fear being locked in. Claustrophobics, that is, people having claustrophobia, feel restless and unpleasant, also when they find themselves in the midst of big crowds, and in congested places. An uneasy feeling some people experience when their freedom is restricted is also a symptom of claustrophobia.
- Smith's claustrophobia always shows. The minute he finds himself in a cramped room, or in a huge crowd, he is uneasy and impatient, and wants to be out of it as soon as he can.
- Nelly is always an outdoorsman. He loves open spaces, and spacious rooms. Whenever he visits his cousins in the city claustrophobia overtakes him. He is upset by the small rooms cluttered with furniture in his cousin's home, and the congested atmosphere of the city.