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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 Formaldehyde resin Often used to add shine and durability to a polish, the substance has been shown to cause allergic reactions for some people. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous Nails," 10 Feb. 2020 As your search begins for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, remember that some of the most popular gifts can cause allergic reactions. Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston Chronicle, "Spread the love, not allergies this Valentine’s Day," 7 Feb. 2020 For the first time, kids with peanut allergies have a treatment option that could help reduce their risk of allergic reactions. TheWeek, "February 6, 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 Health authorities are likewise trying to damp enthusiasm for Kaletra and its generic equivalents, pointing to possible side-effects like liver damage and allergic reactions. WSJ, "China’s Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Patients to Scramble for Remedies," 5 Feb. 2020 After six months of maintenance with Palforzia, how many could take 600mg of peanut protein with no more than a mild allergic reaction? Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Do you know a child with a peanut allergy? The FDA just approved a treatment drug," 1 Feb. 2020 The first dose in up-dosing would be given under a medical professional's supervision as well, just to manage any potential severe allergic reactions. Jamie Primeau, NBC News, "1st peanut allergy drug for children approved by FDA," 1 Feb. 2020 The move, per BuzzFeed News, comes after customers reportedly experienced allergic reactions to the company's Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Yes To Pulled Its Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask from Stores Following Customer Complaints," 8 Jan. 2020 Palforzia can cause side effects, including occasional severe allergic reactions. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, "FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy," 1 Feb. 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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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Allergic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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