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atopy

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noun at·o·py \ˈa-tə-pē\

Definition of atopy

  1. :  a probably hereditary allergy characterized by symptoms (as asthma, hay fever, or hives) produced upon exposure especially by inhalation to the exciting environmental antigen

atopic

play \(ˌ)ā-ˈtä-pik, -ˈtō-\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of atopy

Greek atopia uncommonness, from atopos out of the way, uncommon, from a- + topos place


First Known Use: 1923


Medical Dictionary

atopy

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noun at·o·py \ˈat-ə-pē\

Medical Definition of atopy

plural

atopies

  1. :  a genetic disposition to develop an allergic reaction (as allergic rhinitis, asthma, or atopic dermatitis) and produce elevated levels of IgE upon exposure to an environmental antigen and especially one inhaled or ingested

atopic

\(ˈ)ā-ˈtäp-ik, -ˈtō-pik\play adjective



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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of atopy Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about atopy


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