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hypersensitive

Syllabification: hy·per·sen·si·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈsensədiv
 
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Definition of hypersensitive in English:

adjective

Abnormally or excessively sensitive, either psychologically or in physical response.
Example sentences
  • The necessity of avoiding irritating substances can force hypersensitive subjects to make numerous lifestyle changes.
  • The skin is extremely painful and hypersensitive, even to air movement.
  • This is a type of hypersensitive reaction triggered by exposure to an antigen (a substance which the body recognises as alien).

Derivatives

hypersensitiveness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • In the case of systemic hypersensitiveness reactions it may be necessary to initiate emergency measures.
  • In other words, immunity against infectious agents is not a state of insensitivity, but rather a state of hypersensitiveness to constituents.
  • In adults the percentage of hypersensitiveness was 90 percent in the immunized.

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