hy·​per·​sen·​si·​tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv How to pronounce hypersensitive (audio) \

Definition of hypersensitive

1 : excessively or abnormally sensitive
2 : abnormally susceptible physiologically to a specific agent (such as a drug or antigen)

Other Words from hypersensitive

hypersensitiveness noun
hypersensitivity \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce hypersensitive (audio) \ noun

Examples of hypersensitive in a Sentence

She's hypersensitive about her past. People who are hypersensitive to the chemical may have violent reactions even to small amounts.
Recent Examples on the Web But researchers believe that people who have it are hypersensitive to certain things, such as nickel, and have a flare-up of symptoms when exposed to their sensitivities, according to the AAD. Stephanie Watson, SELF, 26 Apr. 2022 When puberty hits, the brain becomes hypersensitive to social and hierarchical information, even as media flood it with opportunities to explore one’s identity and gauge self-worth. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Unless a service is core to your business and hypersensitive to your and your customers’ security, an as-a-service option could be viable. Bill Geary, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 This allergen, fragrance, and oil-free body wash has been specially created for individuals with hypersensitive skin and hair. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Androgenetic alopecia happens when scalp follicles are hypersensitive to dihydrotestosterone, which is critical for most hair growth but detrimental to head hair growth. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The hybrid option also has regenerative braking mixed in with the normal brakes, and lower speeds, the brake pedal feel is extremely hypersensitive making parking maneuvers a bit hectic. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Beyond oil, the markets for natural gas, corn, wheat, aluminum and nickel — all commodities at risk from the invasion — have turned volatile and hypersensitive to each move by the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and NATO allies. Josh Boak, ajc, 22 Feb. 2022 Still, there is reason to suspect that many people, even those who don’t have one of these illnesses, are susceptible to becoming a bit more hypersensitive to pains and discomforts in certain situations. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 21 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hypersensitive

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hypersensitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypersensitive. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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hy·​per·​sen·​si·​tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen-sə-tiv How to pronounce hypersensitive (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypersensitive

: very sensitive These plants are hypersensitive to cold.


hy·​per·​sen·​si·​tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-sət-iv, -ˈsen(t)-stiv How to pronounce hypersensitive (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypersensitive

1 : excessively or abnormally sensitive
2 : abnormally susceptible physiologically to a specific agent (as a drug or antigen)

Other Words from hypersensitive

hypersensitiveness noun
hypersensitivity \ -​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hypersensitive (audio) \ noun, plural hypersensitivities

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