Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An abnormally high sensitivity to certain substances, such as pollens, foods, or microorganisms. Common indications of allergy may include sneezing, itching, and skin rashes.
  • n. Informal An adverse sentiment; antipathy: an allergy to cocktail parties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disorder of the immune system causing adverse reactions to substances (allergens) not harmful to most and marked by the body's production of histamines and associated with atopy, anaphylaxis, and asthma.
  • n. Any condition of hypersensitivity to a substance.
  • n. Altered susceptibility to a first treatment as exhibited in reaction to a subsequent one.
  • n. An antipathy, as toward a person or activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. hypersensitivity to a particular substance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity

Etymologies

German Allergie : Greek allos, other; see allo- + Greek ergon, action; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Allergie. Coined by Austrian pediatrician Clemens von Pirquet in 1906 from Ancient Greek ἄλλος (allos, "other") + ἔργον (ergon, "work, activity"), on the model of Energie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cow's milk protein allergy is the overall term for several types of dairy allergies, which can be to the casein or to the whey or both.

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  • Cow's milk protein allergy is associated with these symptoms but I know of no studies that says LI is.

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  • Cows milk protein allergy is the most common cause of food allergy in infants and affects up to 3 per cent of babies, the survey said.

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  • Dixon-Woods agrees that better food labeling, more education and stricter regulation is necessary to reduce misunderstanding and negative attitudes about nut allergies -- especially in the United States, where peanut-based products are ubiquitous and the word allergy is frequently used to describe non-life-threatening conditions such as hay fever.

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  • Young said he prefers to use the word "allergy" to describe alcoholism.

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  • He used his question time largely to criticize Republicans as suffering from what he called an "allergy to science and scientists."

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  • Egg allergy is one of the more common pediatric food allergies.

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  • Celiac disease, aka gluten-allergy, is one such autoimmune response that may be caused or exacerbated by these chemicals.

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  • She seeks to inform people that changing their diet because of celiac disease or a food allergy is challenging, especially at first, but that it becomes "happier and lighter," she said.

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  • The recommendations for kiddos with milk allergy is to continue breastfeeding until age 2 if possible, allowing them to get calcium and other important nutrients.

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