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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For instance, an allergic reaction involving swelling in your tongue and mouth can impact your breathing, which deserves emergency attention. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019 Sadly, Daniel had a terrible allergic reaction to his green contact lenses and had to stop wearing them, while Emma Watson couldn't speak clearly wearing her false buck teeth. 6. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "33 Mind-Blowing "Harry Potter" Movie Facts That'll Make You Want to Watch Them All Over Again," 31 Jan. 2019 Lagerfeld is allergic to nostalgia, quick to move on to the next job, the next collection, the next muse. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Karl Lagerfeld Turns Interior Designer With a New Miami Masterpiece," 3 Jan. 2019 The only problem, other than the thing’s sheer unsightliness, was that it was made from red cedar, which produces cedar dust, to which many people are highly allergic. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Cruel Sovereignty of Politics," 28 Dec. 2018 One-quarter of allergic kids phased out at an average age of 5 1/2, found the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 Prevalent in young children, it's increasingly diagnosed in adults — especially those with a family history of the condition — and may flare with exposure to harsh soaps, fragrances, and foods that provoke an allergic response. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Breathing it in can cause lung irritation and severe allergic respiratory problems, the Centers for Disease Control state. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "8 Kinds of Wood That You Should Absolutely Never Burn," 13 July 2018 Sometimes, people are allergic or sensitive to a particular scent. Southern Living, "Manners in Times of Sorrow: Your Questions Answered," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of allergic

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of allergic was in 1908

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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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