hypersensitive

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adjective hy·per·sen·si·tive \ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv\

Definition of hypersensitive

  1. 1 :  excessively or abnormally sensitive

  2. 2 :  abnormally susceptible physiologically to a specific agent (as a drug or antigen)

hypersensitiveness

noun

hypersensitivity

play \-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of hypersensitive in a sentence

  1. She's hypersensitive about her past.

  2. People who are hypersensitive to the chemical may have violent reactions even to small amounts.

1871

First Known Use of hypersensitive

1871


HYPERSENSITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

hypersensitive

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adjective hy·per·sen·si·tive \ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv\

Definition of hypersensitive for English Language Learners

  • : having feelings that are very easily hurt

  • : very strongly and easily affected or harmed by something (such as a drug)


HYPERSENSITIVE Defined for Kids

hypersensitive

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adjective hy·per·sen·si·tive \ˌhī-pər-ˈsen-sə-tiv\

Definition of hypersensitive for Students

  1. :  very sensitive <These plants are hypersensitive to cold.>


Medical Dictionary

hypersensitive

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adjective hy·per·sen·si·tive \ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-sət-iv, -ˈsen(t)-stiv\

Medical Definition of hypersensitive

  1. 1:  excessively or abnormally sensitive

  2. 2:  abnormally susceptible physiologically to a specific agent (as a drug or antigen)

hypersensitiveness

noun

hypersensitivity

\-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈtiv-ət-ē\play noun plural

hypersensitivities


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