anaphylactic shock

noun

Definition of anaphylactic shock

: an often severe and sometimes fatal systemic reaction in a susceptible individual upon exposure to a specific antigen (such as wasp venom or penicillin) after previous sensitization that is characterized especially by respiratory symptoms, fainting, itching, and hives

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Recent Examples on the Web In comparison, the researchers found that 49% of patients received a prescription for epinephrine, a drug to treat severe or life-threatening allergic reactions, following an anaphylactic shock. Yoohyun Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Dec. 2021 In some people, touching the caterpillar can cause allergic reactions, but anaphylactic shock – the most severe allergic reaction – is not commonly one of them. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 Fire ants can inflict painful stings multiple times and can cause allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Refusers described their experiences with an ex-husband who had gone to jail for molesting two relatives, a son who had died of an accidental overdose and a sister who had nearly died from anaphylactic shock after a vaccine. New York Times, 14 May 2021 In my 20s, I was stung by hundreds of yellow jackets and went into anaphylactic shock as my throat began to close up. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2021 Serious seasonal allergies can cause systemic reactions, like breathing issues or anaphylactic shock. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2021 Serious seasonal allergies can cause systemic reactions like breathing issues or anaphylactic shock. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2021 Her fear stemmed from a frightening experience 18 months ago in which her body went into anaphylactic shock after she was given a special injection before an MRI scan. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of anaphylactic shock

1909, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Anaphylactic shock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anaphylactic%20shock. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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anaphylactic shock

noun

Medical Definition of anaphylactic shock

: an often severe and sometimes fatal systemic reaction in a susceptible individual upon a second exposure to a specific antigen (as wasp venom or penicillin) after previous sensitization that is characterized especially by respiratory symptoms, fainting, itching, and hives

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