n. [Brit. wallesia] a condition characterized by scanning faces in a crowd looking for a specific person who would have no reason to be there, which is your brain’s way of checking to see whether they’re still in your life, subconsciously patting its emotional pockets before it leaves for the day.
- physical or psychological fear of sexual relations or sexual intercourse.
- People who suffer from the phobia can be intensely affected by attempted sexual contact or just the thought of it.
It comes from the Greek terms genos, meaning “offspring,” and phobos, meaning “fear.”