Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun hypersensitivity to a particular substance.

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  • noun pathology, immunology 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.
  • noun pathology Any condition of hypersensitivity to a substance.
  • noun Altered susceptibility to a first treatment as exhibited in reaction to a subsequent one.
  • noun informal An antipathy, as toward a person or activity.

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

Etymologies

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

[German Allergie : Greek allos, other; see allo– + Greek ergon, action; see werg- in Indo-European roots.]

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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.

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