multiple chemical sensitivity


: a variable group of symptoms (such as tachycardia, sweating, fatigue, nausea, trembling, and difficulty concentrating) that typically occur in susceptible individuals upon exposure to low concentrations of usually harmless chemicals

called also multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome

compare sick building syndrome

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cummings and her young son both suffered from multiple chemical sensitivity and became increasingly sick. Samantha Hendrickson, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2022 One of the subjects suffers from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, and has been diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multiple chemical sensitivity was in 1988

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Cite this Entry

“Multiple chemical sensitivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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