al·ler·gic | \ə-ˈlər-jik \

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


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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The Warriors were also smart to push the ball quickly after both makes and misses, adding a layer of difficulty to a Cleveland defense that’s allergic to stringing together stops. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Warriors Use Balanced Attack to Pull Away From Cavs Late, Take Game 2," 3 June 2018 The creatures’ long white hairs can irritate eyes and skin and cause sometimes deadly allergic reactions. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "In Case You Missed It," 13 July 2018 Early in the film, Annie’s daughter Charlie dies in a grisly freak accident: As her brother Peter drives her to the hospital to treat an allergic reaction, Charlie sticks her head out the window for air, only to be decapitated by a telephone pole. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 This is actually the most likely way that someone will have an allergic reaction to peanuts on a plane, Todd Mahr, M.D., an allergist and immunologist with Gundersen Health, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "Southwest Airlines Is Finally Getting Rid of In-Flight Peanuts," 11 July 2018 This kit gives you the equipment to deal with the most common injuries on the trail: blisters, sprains, cuts, stomachaches, and allergic reactions. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Emergency Gear that Should Live in Your Daypack," 9 July 2018 Here’s a look at a few of them: Training For School Bus Drivers School transportation carriers are now required to teach their bus drivers how to handle serious allergic reactions. Ruth Bruno,, "Seven New State Laws That Took Effect July 1," 3 July 2018 Mosquito bite sensitivity can lead to allergic reactions to mosquito saliva, which can range from mild to severe. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Protect your dogs and cats from swarms of mosquitoes. Here's how to do it.," 29 June 2018 Research shows that unlike typical allergic reactions that occur within a half-hour of exposure to an allergen, alpha-gal reactions can take three to six hours to manifest. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Maine on the lookout for ticks that cause red-meat allergy," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of allergic

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of allergic

: of or relating to an allergy

: having an allergy


al·ler·gic | \ə-ˈlər-jik \

Kids Definition of allergic

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


al·ler·gic | \ə-ˈlər-jik \

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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not any or not one

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