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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An irrational fear of being able to work properly, especially that of a surgeon being able to operate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An excessive disinclination, which may amount to an insane aversion, to work; also, excessive timidity, on the part of a surgeon, and fear to perform an operation even when it is urgently indicated.


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