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ALLERGIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does allergic mean? 

ALLERGIC (adjective)
  The adjective ALLERGIC has 2 senses:

1. characterized by or caused by allergy
2. having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor)

  Familiarity information: ALLERGIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALLERGIC (adjective)


Sense 1allergic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or caused by allergy

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

an allergic reaction

Pertainym:

allergy (hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity)


Sense 2allergic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor)

Synonyms:

sensitized; hypersensitised; hypersensitive; hypersensitized; sensitised; supersensitized; supersensitised; supersensitive; allergic

Context examples:

allergic children / hypersensitive to pollen

Similar:

susceptible ((often followed by 'of' or 'to') yielding readily to or capable of)


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