histamine

noun
his·ta·mine | \ˈhi-stə-ˌmēn, -mən\

Definition of histamine 

: a compound C5H9N3 especially of mammalian tissues that causes dilation of capillaries, contraction of smooth muscle, and stimulation of gastric acid secretion, that is released during allergic reactions, and that is formed by decarboxylation of histidine

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This causes the immune system to stop making so many symptom-inducing IgE antibodies and to switch to IgG antibodies, which don’t trigger the release of histamine. Amber Dance, Washington Post, "Peanut allergy is one of the most severe food allergies. New therapies might help.," 12 May 2018 On the second and subsequent occasions when peanut protein comes along, the mast cells recognize it and start producing histamine and other immune compounds. Amber Dance, Washington Post, "Peanut allergy is one of the most severe food allergies. New therapies might help.," 12 May 2018 Earlier experiments in which people breathed in histamine found that just 24.5μg could affect breathing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "More nightmare fuel: Bedbugs create cesspool of poop and histamine in your bed," 14 Feb. 2018 If emollient treatment fails, other options include topical and oral steroids, anti-histamines or oral itch suppressors, or even antibiotics. Philly.com, "Bath additives not needed to treat eczema," 8 May 2018 Green or white tea: These drinks contain compounds called catechins, which block the creation of histamines (the chemicals that cause allergy symptoms). Kim Tranell, Redbook, "Eat These Foods to Fight Allergies," 25 Feb. 2013 Our immune system mistakes pollen as a foreign threat and releases antibodies that attack the allergens, which then releases histamines, causing the familiar runny nose, itchy eyes and throat among other possible symptoms. NBC News, "How to prep your home for allergy season," 4 Apr. 2018 With a food allergy, your immune system makes too much of an antibody that then fights the threatening food allergens by releasing histamines and other chemicals. Gary Kleiner, M.d., Ph.d., miamiherald, "Children’s food allergies can be minor — or life threatening | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 But that limit is based on ingesting histamine, not breathing it. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "More nightmare fuel: Bedbugs create cesspool of poop and histamine in your bed," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of histamine

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

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International Scientific Vocabulary hist- + amine

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histamine

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English Language Learners Definition of histamine

medical : a chemical substance in the body that causes the symptoms that people experience when they are allergic to something

histamine

noun
his·ta·mine | \ˈhis-tə-ˌmēn, -mən \

Medical Definition of histamine 

: a compound C5H9N3 especially of mammalian tissues that causes dilatation of capillaries, contraction of smooth muscle, and stimulation of gastric acid secretion, that is released during allergic reactions, and that is formed by decarboxylation of histidine

Other Words from histamine

histaminic \ˌhis-tə-ˈmin-ik \ adjective

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