hyperresponsive

adjective
hy·​per·​re·​spon·​sive | \ ˌhī-pər-ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce hyperresponsive (audio) \
variants: or hyper-responsive

Definition of hyperresponsive

: characterized by an abnormal degree of responsiveness (as to a physical or emotional stimulus) The biochemical barrage, which would be helpful were it directed at a foreign invader, provokes sustained inflammation of the airway lining. And, perversely, it makes the tissue much more sensitive (or hyperresponsive) to the original trigger.— Stephen Hoffmann Studies … have shown a hyperresponsive amygdala and impaired inhibition from the prefrontal cortex during tasks involving exposure to facial expressions, reactions to emotionally charged words, and interpersonal cooperation.— John G. Gunderson

Other Words from hyperresponsive

hyperresponsiveness \ ˌhī-​pər-​ri-​ˈspän(t)-​siv-​nəs How to pronounce hyperresponsiveness (audio) \ or hyper-responsiveness noun
Measurements of airway hyperresponsiveness, although not sufficiently sensitive or specific to provide a definite diagnosis of asthma, are closely correlated with clinical assessments of the presence and severity of the disease. — M. R. Sears et al.
hyperresponsivity \ ˌhī-​pər-​ri-​ˌspän(t)-​ˈsi-​və-​tē How to pronounce hyperresponsivity (audio) \ or hyper-responsivity noun
bronchial hyperresponsivity

First Known Use of hyperresponsive

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyperresponsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperresponsive. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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hyperresponsive

adjective
hy·​per·​re·​spon·​sive | \ -ri-ˈspän(t)-siv How to pronounce hyperresponsive (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperresponsive

: characterized by an abnormal degree of responsiveness (as to a physical or emotional stimulus) … it makes the tissue much more sensitive (or hyperresponsive) to the original trigger.— Stephen Hoffmann, The Harvard Medical School Health Letter, May 1991

Other Words from hyperresponsive

hyperresponsiveness \ -​nəs How to pronounce hyperresponsiveness (audio) \ noun
The presence of airway hyperresponsiveness to exercise suggests lack of control of asthma. — Johnathan A. Leff et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 16 July 1998
hyperresponsivity \ -​ri-​ˌspän(t)-​ˈsiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hyperresponsivity (audio) \ noun, plural hyperresponsivities
adrenocortical hyperresponsivity hyperresponsivities to touch and sound

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