Definition of allergic in English:



  • 1Caused by or relating to an allergy.

    ‘an allergic reaction to penicillin’
    • ‘It is often the substances used to bulk up heroin that prove most harmful and cause allergic or toxic reactions.’
    • ‘Hay fever, asthma and eczema are all related allergic conditions and the tendency to develop them runs in families.’
    • ‘If you have severe allergic conjunctivitis you may be referred to a specialist allergy centre.’
    • ‘My husband does not smoke and has never smoked but a few years back ended up in hospital with an allergic asthma reaction.’
    • ‘As the larvae hatch and grow into mites, the skin produces an allergic reaction and intense itching develops.’
    • ‘Histamine causes most of the typical symptoms that happen in allergic reaction.’
    • ‘In the realm of immunology, substances that cause immune responses or allergic reactions are known as antigens.’
    • ‘If your child has an allergic reaction, you will need to keep milk out of her diet longer.’
    • ‘Call the doctor if you or your child has an allergic reaction to mosquito repellent.’
    • ‘Have you ever been diagnosed with an allergic condition such as hay fever or eczema?’
    • ‘In some cases, allergy skin or blood tests are carried out, to work out what has caused the allergic reaction.’
    • ‘Many of the drugs used to control the disease caused her severe allergic reactions.’
    • ‘The doctor also can run different tests to see what causes the allergic reaction in you.’
    • ‘Of the allergic diseases, eczema is the most common among both adults and children.’
    • ‘Studies in people with allergic rhinitis and asthma are being initiated.’
    • ‘It is important to know the signs of an allergic reaction to this medicine and to know what to do.’
    • ‘The only way to find out is to have an allergic reaction after taking the medication.’
    • ‘Many of the children I saw had eczema or had had allergic symptoms in infancy.’
    • ‘Your plan should describe how to care for your child when he or she has an allergic reaction to food.’
    • ‘You should tell the anaesthetist if you have experienced any allergic reaction to anaesthetic in the past.’
    hypersensitive, sensitive, susceptible, sensitized
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    1. 1.1[predicative]Having an allergy to a substance.
      ‘one and a half per cent of the population is allergic to bee venom’
      • ‘‘He is very allergic to lots of things and has terrible reactions,’ said Mrs Alexander.’
      • ‘I'm allergic to dust, which is a good reason to not disturb it; it makes it angry, and then it retaliates on me.’
      • ‘This breakthrough has resulted in new recipes for high quality products for people allergic to the ingredients in wheat flour.’
      • ‘Soymilk does not contain lactose (milk sugar) and can be drunk by those who are allergic to normal milk.’
      • ‘If you're allergic to a particular substance being tested, you develop a raised bump or reaction.’
      • ‘Some people say they're allergic to medicines when they mean that they've had side effects from them.’
      • ‘If a child is allergic to one substance, he is likely to be allergic to others.’
      • ‘The very good friend of mine who happened to also be my soloist partner for this performance is allergic to cigarette smoke.’
      • ‘Nearly 250,000 children in the UK are dangerously allergic to nuts.’
      • ‘If there is mild swelling, itching, or redness at the piercing site, you may be allergic to the jewelry that was placed.’
      • ‘A positive skin test means that you may be allergic to a particular substance.’
      • ‘We then had a brief but intense conversation in which I asked her, among other things, whether she thought she might be allergic to grass.’
      • ‘A person may develop symptoms after exposure to a substance without necessarily being allergic to it.’
      • ‘The future looks grim, as whole populations of people are allergic to everyday things because they were kept in a sanitised bubble when they were kids.’
      • ‘Children are most commonly allergic to milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts.’
      • ‘If you're allergic to chocolate this isn't a good time of the year.’
      • ‘If your body reacts badly to a particular substance, you are said to be allergic to it.’
      • ‘She asked me if I was allergic to penicillin three times.’
      • ‘An increasing number of people are discovering that they are allergic to gluten and need to eat gluten-free products.’
      • ‘Though she is allergic to cigarette smoke, the fumes from the mixed fruit tobacco didn't bother her.’
    2. 1.2informal Having a strong dislike for.
      ‘I'm allergic to the hype’
      • ‘But if you're allergic to fresh air, there's a full-size snooker table on the hotel's first floor.’
      • ‘Ian, being allergic to shopping centres, looked more than relieved to be leaving.’
      • ‘The culture of corruption is allergic to peace and human rights.’
      • ‘Unless you're completely allergic to superhero movies, you need to go and see this film.’
      • ‘Some of the best stories being published today seem allergic to straight vanilla realism.’
      • ‘The couple are allergic to package holidays full of welcome meetings, coach excursions and organised entertainment.’
      • ‘Some consumers can handle one company's version but are allergic to another version.’
      averse, opposed, hostile, inimical, antagonistic, antipathetic, resistant, unsympathetic
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