Definition of anaphylactic shock in US English:

anaphylactic shock


  • An extreme, often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen to which the body has become hypersensitive.

    • ‘In extreme cases, they could trigger a life-threatening anaphylactic shock, a commission spokesman added.’
    • ‘Still, hundreds of Americans die of anaphylactic shock each year.’
    • ‘Even a small amount could cause a dangerous reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.’
    • ‘Certain types of foods can cause anaphylactic shock in some people.’
    • ‘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.’