Definition of atopic in English:

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atopic

Pronunciation: /ˌāˈtäpik/

adjective

Denoting a form of allergy in which a hypersensitivity reaction such as dermatitis or asthma may occur in a part of the body not in contact with the allergen.
Example sentences
  • Recent information has shown a substantial increase in the incidence of asthma and atopic disease.
  • The prevalence of asthma and atopic symptoms is higher in children in Hong Kong than those in mainland China.
  • The patient had never smoked and had no history of atopic illness.

Derivatives

atopy

Pronunciation: /ˈatəpē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Asthma is characterized by airway hyperreactivity, inflammation, and atopy.
  • In addition, all subjects were atopic, although atopy was not an inclusion criterion in our study.
  • There is no evidence that immunisation causes atopy.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Greek atopia 'a being out of place', from atopos 'out of place', from a- 'without' + topos 'place'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: a·top·ic

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