Definition of allergic in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈləːdʒɪk/


1Caused by or relating to an allergy: an allergic reaction to penicillin
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  • Studies in people with allergic rhinitis and asthma are being initiated.
  • My husband does not smoke and has never smoked but a few years back ended up in hospital with an allergic asthma reaction.
  • Hay fever, asthma and eczema are all related allergic conditions and the tendency to develop them runs in families.
hypersensitive, sensitive, susceptible, sensitized
1.1 [predicative] Having an allergy to a substance: one and a half per cent of the population is allergic to bee venom
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  • A person may develop symptoms after exposure to a substance without necessarily being allergic to it.
  • If you're allergic to a particular substance being tested, you develop a raised bump or reaction.
  • A positive skin test means that you may be allergic to a particular substance.
1.2 (allergic to) informal Having a strong dislike for: I’m allergic to the hype
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  • The culture of corruption is allergic to peace and human rights.
  • Ian, being allergic to shopping centres, looked more than relieved to be leaving.
  • Unless you're completely allergic to superhero movies, you need to go and see this film.
averse, opposed, hostile, inimical, antagonistic, antipathetic, resistant, unsympathetic;
(dead) set against
archaic indisposed

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