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 (such as a drug or antigen)

hypersensitiveness

noun

hypersensitivity

play \ˌhī-pər-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.

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First Known Use of hypersensitive

1871


HYPERSENSITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

hypersensitive

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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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