While terms like arachnophobia and agoraphobia are well-known, after a quick internet search I wasn't able to find a term for a fear of salt.

Does one exist, and if so what is it?

P.S. If this isn't the right stack exchange site to ask such a question, please point me in the right direction!

  • You want to ask all English-specific questions on the site dedicated to English, English Language & Usage (unless you're trying to learn English as a foreign language, then you want to use English Language Learners). PS: one gloss of halophobia is "inability [fear] of plants to grow in salt-rich soil".
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 31, 2015 at 13:06
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    "Slug Syndrome."
    – Oldbag
    Aug 31, 2015 at 13:23
  • The Greek root is hal-, and the Latin root is sal-; cognates with initial PIE *s- tend to show up in Greek with initial h-: super-/hyper-, sub/-hypo-, sexa-/hexa-, septa-/hepta- etc. Aug 31, 2015 at 13:24
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    All these Greek derived names for phobias are less worthwhile than stamp-collecting or train-spotting IMO. I suggest 'salt-phobia'. Aug 31, 2015 at 13:40
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    Why not "salt-fear"? That's what William Barnes would suggest. He purged all non-English words from his English and then wrote a grammar (An Outline of English Speech-craft, 1878) of it, in it. Very interesting, didn't catch on, alas. However, it's out of copyright and available on the web. Aug 31, 2015 at 14:26

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halophobia, from the Greek ἅλς, ἁλός. cf. halomorphic, halophytic. See also O.E.D. halo-, comb. form, according to which the pronunciation is: /hæləʊ-/.

If I am not mistaken, the word denoting fear of x = the Gr. root of x + o + phobia.

natrophobia is not correct, as the Gr. word is νίτρον, giving nitrophobia. But νίτρον is sodium carbonite, not s. chloride.


I would use Natrophobia. Natro coming from natron l (a salt) and phobia (fear). What I am wondering is whether by salt you mean the entire range of salts or just table salt (NaCl). Natron is not a synonym for table salt but a basic salt.


I would use natriophobia or natriphobia from the new latin natrium. Scientific words relating to salt generally use this root rather than the Greek (e.g. natriuresis).


On the surface and subterranean regions on planet earth the definition of sodiuphobia is the fear of salt or the fear of high sodium.this is me and my friend hiding from salt because of the irrational fear of getting high sodium levels in our blood.

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