The Alternative English Dictionary: allergy

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Entry definition

allergy {{wikipedia}} etymology From German Allergie. Coined by Austrian pediatrician in 1906 from Ancient Greek ἄλλος 〈állos〉 + ἔργον 〈érgon〉, on the model of Energie. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈælərdʒi/
    • (UK) [ˈæl.ə.dʒi]
    • (US) [ˈæl.ɚ.dʒi]
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology, immunology) A disorder of the immune system causing adverse reactions to substances (allergen) not harmful to most and marked by the body's production of histamine and associated with atopy, anaphylaxis, and asthma.
  2. (pathology) Any condition of hypersensitivity to a substance.
  3. Altered susceptibility to a first treatment as exhibited in reaction to a subsequent one.
  4. (informal) An antipathy, as toward a person or activity. He has an allergy to reality TV.
Synonyms: (disorder of the immune system) type 1 hypersensitivity, (hypersensitivity) intolerance
  • (disorder of the immune system) hypersensitivity
  • gallery, largely, regally

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