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 Mast cell disorder is caused by an abnormal accumulation of a type of white blood cell that leads to allergic reactions. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "More than 1 in 4 US adults are fully vaccinated against Covid-19," 9 Apr. 2021 Those getting a shot will have to wait at least 15 minutes for observation for any allergic reactions. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit expands TCF Center vaccine clinic, plans clinic for city workers' families," 1 Apr. 2021 There are also environmental sources that can trigger the same allergic reactions as human allergies, including itchy skin and watery eyes. Michael Pollick,, "The best dog itch relief spray," 30 Mar. 2021 As is the case for vaccines in general, a small number of recipients—just a handful out of every million—have developed severe allergic reactions, which are easily treated. Hilda Bastian, The Atlantic, "A Terrible Conundrum for the AstraZeneca Vaccine," 30 Mar. 2021 The company produces a range of soaps and other skin-care products that use natural ingredients to minimize the risk of irritation or allergic reactions. al, "Alabama businesswoman wins $10,000 prize on ‘Drew Barrymore Show’," 29 Mar. 2021 Most of the harms from vaccine claims cited allergic reactions; only three cases alleged death after immunization. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Consumers filed 106 injury claims from COVID-19 vaccines, ventilators and hydroxychloroquine. Here's why none have been paid.," 28 Mar. 2021 Serious side effects, allergic reactions or adverse incidents stemming from the vaccines are rare, though in clinical trials, mild to moderate side effects were common. USA Today, "Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines," 27 Mar. 2021 The general overview is that allergic reactions are super rare, there’s no evidence of serious side effects, and the flu-like symptoms that some get go away pretty quickly. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines: If you have a choice, which one should you get?," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Allergic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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