allergy

noun
al·​ler·​gy | \ ˈa-lər-jē How to pronounce allergy (audio) \
plural allergies

Definition of allergy

1 : altered bodily reactivity (such as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure a bee venom allergy so severe that a second sting may be fatal
2 : exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual
3 : medical practice concerned with allergies
4 : a feeling of antipathy or aversion

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Examples of allergy in a Sentence

Many people have some form of allergy. independent-minded people who seem to have an allergy to any control from the government

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Exposure can cause a range of health effects, including rashes, allergy-like reactions, flu-like symptoms, gastroenteritis, respiratory irritation, skin rashes and eye irritation. CBS News, "New Jersey's largest lake giving people rashes due to harmful algae bloom, officials warn," 28 June 2019 Yahagi comes out moments later with a beautiful plate of fluke sashimi and apologizes, telling us the kitchen never heard about the allergy. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "Is Spago relevant? Our critic talks through three (very different) recent meals," 27 June 2019 These include prescription medications for treating depression, pulmonary disease, and Parkinson’s, as well as over-the-counter remedies for allergies. Alice Park, Time, "Despite the Headlines, We Don't Yet Know If Anticholinergic Drugs Contribute to Dementia Risk," 26 June 2019 The dust can contribute to air pollution as well as exacerbate allergies but also makes sunsets more vibrant. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Saharan dust brings hazy sky to Alabama," 24 June 2019 Wood-look porcelain tile is allergy friendly, holds up to spills and is ideal for high traffic areas and household with pets. May Delgado, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Experience low-maintenance living," 16 June 2019 Talk to a doctor or dietitian about your symptoms, and work with them (through blood work, allergy tests, and other diagnostic tools) to figure out if a specific dietary change might be what’s best for you. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "Are Eggs Bad for You? The Verdict Is Still Out.," 15 June 2019 The California bill would still allow medical exemptions when warranted, such as for a serious allergy to a vaccine component, according to Pan's senate office. NBC News, "Jessica Biel denies she's anti-vaccination after lobbying against California bill," 13 June 2019 The organic matter of pollen, the proto-sperm cargo, is what makes allergies act up. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Forensic pollen scientists are helping the US track opioids," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of allergy

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allergy

German Allergie, from all- + Greek ergon work — more at work

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10 Jul 2019

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The first known use of allergy was in 1908

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allergy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of allergy

: a medical condition that causes someone to become sick after eating, touching, or breathing something that is harmless to most people

allergy

noun
al·​ler·​gy | \ ˈa-lər-jē How to pronounce allergy (audio) \
plural allergies

Kids Definition of allergy

: a condition in which a person is made sick by something that is harmless to most people

allergy

noun
al·​ler·​gy | \ ˈal-ər-jē How to pronounce allergy (audio) \
plural allergies

Medical Definition of allergy

1 : altered bodily reactivity (as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure his bee-venom allergy may render a second sting fatal
2 : exaggerated or pathological reaction (as by sneezing, respiratory embarrassment, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual
3 : medical practice concerned with allergies

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