allergic

adjective
al·​ler·​gic | \ ə-ˈlər-jik How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Definition of allergic

1 : of, relating to, affected with, or caused by allergy
2 : having an aversion allergic to work

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Synonyms for allergic

Synonyms

antipathetic, averse

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Examples of allergic in a Sentence

a lover of the outdoors who claims to be allergic to desk jobs

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During the twentieth century, allergic reactions to PPD became so common that its use in hair dyes was banned in Germany, France, and Sweden. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 Research published in 2015 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that of 25.2 million vaccines given between 2009 and 2011, just 33 people suffered from anaphylaxis, which is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "New Ohio bill takes shot at employers who want workers vaccinated," 3 June 2019 Like Miller, Léourier has always been drawn to the arts and is allergic to uniformity. Vogue, "For Brides, These Headpieces Deliver a “Defining Fashion Moment”," 17 Apr. 2019 In some cases, CBD can exacerbate heartburn or lead to mild allergic reactions, such as hives (though this is likely a reaction to the carrier oil added to the CBD, says Capano). Laurel Leicht, Marie Claire, "An Expert Answers All Your Questions About CBD," 26 Mar. 2019 Van’s Foods sells a lot of waffles to people who are allergic to gluten or milk. David Meyer, Fortune, "Gluten and Milk-Free Waffles Are Being Recalled for Containing Gluten and Milk," 30 Apr. 2018 But as someone who self-defined as allergic to commitment, the idea of moving in freaked me out. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: Is Living Together Worth the Risk?," 26 Mar. 2019 Major offenders include irritation or allergic reactions to substances like soap, bacterial vaginosis, STIs like herpes, and wearing wet garments like a bathing suit for a long time, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 The patient was deathly allergic to a common type of pain reliever, a medical history that staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center dutifully noted in the electronic record. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton hospital staff overlooked warning about a deadly allergy. ‘Alert fatigue’ may be to blame," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of allergic

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for allergic

allergic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of allergic

: of or relating to an allergy
: having an allergy

allergic

adjective
al·​ler·​gic | \ ə-ˈlər-jik How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Kids Definition of allergic

: of, relating to, causing, or affected by allergy allergic to peanuts an allergic reaction

allergic

adjective
al·​ler·​gic | \ ə-ˈlər-jik How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Medical Definition of allergic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by allergy an allergic reaction allergic diseases
2 : affected with allergy : subject to an allergic reaction he is allergic to pollen

Other Words from allergic

allergically \ ə-​ˈlər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
The body reacts allergically, the skin reddening and breaking out in tiny blisters. — Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 18 Aug. 1993

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