anaphylactic shock

noun

: 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

Examples of anaphylactic shock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But don’t worry, none of these allergies are that serious — no one’s going into anaphylactic shock, the primary’s pickleball pal Jill Zarin assures Anthony. Molly Fitzpatrick, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2024 Listen to this article The husband of a New York City doctor who died of anaphylactic shock after eating at a Walt Disney World Resort restaurant has filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts over his wife’s death. Theresa Braine, New York Daily News, 27 Feb. 2024 Viola deliberately feeds Charlie nuts the night before the wedding, almost sending her into anaphylactic shock. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 21 Feb. 2024 These can range from swelling and itching at the injection site (usually the arm) to sneezing and a runny nose to anaphylactic shock in rare cases. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for anaphylactic shock 

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anaphylactic shock was in 1909

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Medical Definition

anaphylactic shock

noun
: 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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