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allergy definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity [syn: allergy, allergic reaction]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -gies) Etymology: German Allergie, from all- + Greek ergon work more at work Date: 1910 1. altered bodily reactivity (as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure <a bee venom allergy so severe that a second sting may be fatal> 2. exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual 3. medical practice concerned with allergies 4. a feeling of antipathy or aversion

Britannica Concise

Hypersensitive reaction by the body to foreign substances (allergens or antigens), such as pollens, drugs, dusts, and foods, that are harmless to most people. Immediate allergic reactions result from genetic predisposition or sensitization by previous exposure; blood vessels dilate and bronchial air passages constrict. A severe reaction (anaphylaxis) can obstruct breathing and may be fatal. Delayed allergic responses (e.g., contact dermatitis) appear 12 hours or more after exposure. Avoiding allergens and taking antihistamines can prevent or treat allergies. When avoidance is not feasible and antihistamines do not relieve symptoms, desensitization can be attempted.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 Med. a condition of reacting adversely to certain substances, esp. particular foods, pollen, fur, or dust. 2 colloq. an antipathy. Derivatives: allergist n. Etymology: G Allergie, after Energie ENERGY, f. Gk allos other

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(allergies) If you have a particular allergy, you become ill or get a rash when you eat, smell, or touch something that does not normally make people ill. Food allergies can result in an enormous variety of different symptoms... N-VAR

Moby Thesaurus

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