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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a lover of the outdoors who claims to be allergic to desk jobs
Recent Examples on the Web Teller also advises that cat owners who are allergic to their pet may be bothered by cat dander and that a veterinary visit may allow for treatment of the cat that can help alleviate allergy symptoms in their owner. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Don’t brush off feline dandruff," 7 July 2020 That's because its symptoms are extremely similar to what an allergic reaction looks like. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of Redness on Your Face and What's Causing It," 1 July 2020 More serious issues include infections, unusual bleeding or bruising, blood in the urine or stool, and allergic reactions. Molly Longman,, "What Is Dexamethasone & Will It Help Coronavirus Patients?," 29 June 2020 According to the recall notice posted on the FDA's website, for some the consumption of undisclosed allergens could cause allergic reactions that in some cases could be life-threatening. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Garden salad mix sold at Aldi, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco may be linked to Cyclospora outbreak in 6 states," 21 June 2020 Some of the negative effects observed during the study include allergic reactions, fluid build-up in lungs, blood clots and death. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Study of 20,000 COVID-19 patients shows treatment with survivor plasma is safe," 18 June 2020 Every single day pharmacists catch prescriptions that were written for patients who are allergic, which have incorrect... WSJ, "Pharmacists Add Real Value on Prescriptions," 17 June 2020 Dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory drug normally used to treat a range of allergic reactions as well as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. CBS News, "Cheap, widely available steroid reduces death risk in severe coronavirus cases, researchers say," 17 June 2020 The steroid is already used to treat conditions such as asthma, allergic reactions, and inflammation in various parts of the body. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Widely available steroid reduces coronavirus death risk by one-third, researchers find," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of allergic

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allergic

allergy + -ic entry 1, after German allergisch

Note: See note at allergy.

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The first known use of allergic was in 1908

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16 Jul 2020

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“Allergic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce allergic (audio) \

Kids Definition of allergic

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


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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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