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

First Known Use of anaphylactic shock

1909


Medical Dictionary

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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