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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Vulvar dermatitis typically happens because a substance irritates your skin or causes an allergic reaction, Mary Rosser, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, tells SELF. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 The research has shown gradually introducing small amounts of peanut-containing foods to children could prevent or limit the severity of allergic reactions. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Experimental Drug Shows Promise Protecting Against Peanut Allergies," 18 Nov. 2018 While more expensive jewelry might be made of silver, gold, or platinum, cheaper alternatives can be formed from metals like nickel, which can cause allergic reactions, lead, or cadmium. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Why cadmium, a metal that can cause kidney and bone damage, is still used in jewelry," 12 Oct. 2018 An allergic reaction is not a great way to get familiarized with natural beauty, after all. Sable Yong, Teen Vogue, "Coconut Oil for Acne? Learn How It Can Help Clear Your Skin," 10 Sep. 2018 The move makes sense: Peanuts are one of the eight most allergenic foods, which together account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions to food, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Southwest Airlines Says Goodbye to Peanuts," 10 July 2018 Mr Trump is allergic to admitting any Russian involvement in his triumph, and in the past has simply refused to accept what his own intelligence machinery tells him about Russian hacking. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 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

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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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