Definition of allergen in English:

allergen

Line breaks: al¦ler|gen
Pronunciation: /ˈalədʒ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • A substance that causes an allergic reaction.
    More example sentences
    • Future exposure to the same allergens will cause the reaction to happen again.
    • The next time you're exposed to the allergen, your immune system launches an allergic reaction.
    • Wherever possible, the most effective way of treating allergies is to avoid all contact with the allergen causing the reaction.

Derivatives

allergenic

Pronunciation: /aləˈdʒɛnɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • We also asked the subjects about their activities outside the workplace - particularly any activity that might involve contact with irritants or allergenic agents.
  • Roasting peanuts may enhance their allergenic properties.
  • Many people choose to avoid milk because it contains saturated fat (if whole milk), cholesterol, allergenic proteins, lactose and frequent traces of contamination.

allergenicity

noun
More example sentences
  • Many questions concerning toxicity and allergenicity have been raised about corn contaminated with the spores of this fungus.
  • He faxed his two-page assessment to the Ministry of Agriculture warning that tests into nutritional performance, toxicology or allergenicity were insufficient and inadequate.
  • They were recognized for their development of an animal model to predict the allergenicity of genetically modified food.

Origin

early 20th century: blend of allergy and -gen.

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