Definition of hypersensitive in English:


Syllabification: hy·per·sen·si·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərˈsensədiv


Abnormally or excessively sensitive, either psychologically or in physical response.
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  • 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).



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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /-ˌsensiˈtivitē/
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  • Jaya's hypersensitivity to conversions is not self-explanatory.
  • Research shows two out of 10 women suffer such hypersensitivity.
  • Paralysed by hypersensitivity and inertia, the bereaved person flounders, fails to behave rationally.

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