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ALLERGIC REACTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does allergic reaction mean? 

ALLERGIC REACTION (noun)
  The noun ALLERGIC REACTION has 1 sense:

1. hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity

  Familiarity information: ALLERGIC REACTION used as a noun is very rare.


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ALLERGIC REACTION (noun)


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Meaning:

Hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

allergic reaction; allergy

Hypernyms ("allergic reaction" is a kind of...):

hypersensitivity reaction (an inappropriate and excessive reaction to an allergen (as pollen or dust or animal hair or certain foods); severity ranges from mild allergy to severe systemic reactions leading to anaphylactic shock)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "allergic reaction"):

food allergy (allergic reaction to a substance ingested in food)

atopic allergy; atopy; immediate allergy; type I allergic reaction (an allergic reaction that becomes apparent in a sensitized person only minutes after contact)

serum disease; serum sickness (a delayed allergic reaction to the injection of an antiserum caused by an antibody reaction to an antigen in the donor serum)

delayed allergy; type IV allergic reaction (an allergic reaction that becomes apparent only hours after contact)


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