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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]


Characterized by or caused by allergy

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

an allergic reaction


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

Sense 2allergic [BACK TO TOP]


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


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

Context examples:

allergic children / hypersensitive to pollen


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

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