Definition of anaphylactic shock in English:

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anaphylactic shock

noun

Medicine
An extreme, often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen to which the body has become hypersensitive.
Example sentences
  • Such an allergic reaction can bring on anaphylactic shock.
  • A post-mortem examination in Spain revealed Mr Harris, who knew he was allergic to wasp stings, had died from anaphylactic shock.
  • Even a small amount could cause a dangerous reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.

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Syllabification: an·a·phy·lact·ic shock

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