Definition of hypersensitivity in US English:

hypersensitivity

noun

  • 1Extreme physical sensitivity to particular substances or conditions.

    ‘hypersensitivity to common chemicals’
    • ‘Personnel can perform diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis of latex hypersensitivity.’
    • ‘The mechanism would appear most likely to be a rare allergic hypersensitivity and not direct toxicity.’
    • ‘Some experts recommend antihistamine therapy for mild to moderate hypersensitivity reactions.’
    • ‘A 2006 study of twins gave evidence that hypersensitivity to noise and touch have a strong genetic component.’
    • ‘Hay fever is a hypersensitivity to pollen from various plants.’
    • ‘Inactivated influenza vaccine should not be given to persons known to have anaphylactic hypersensitivity to eggs or other components of the vaccine without consulting a physician first.’
    • ‘Metallic gold rarely causes hypersensitivity, but organic gold compounds used to treat rheumatoid arthritis do.’
    • ‘Animal models suggest spontaneous inflammation of the gastrointestinal mucosa is caused by a combination of factors, with an initiating event such as a viral infection or hypersensitivity to food.’
    • ‘It is possible that factors in patients' diet or lifestyle may make them more vulnerable to hypersensitivity reactions to some herbs.’
    • ‘At higher doses, caffeine blocks a majority of adenosine receptors and can produce anxiety and hypersensitivity to pain.’
  • 2A tendency to be easily hurt, worried, or offended.

    ‘hypersensitivity to criticism’
    • ‘The idiotic hypersensitivity of the media continues to search for new and stupid things to take offense at.’
    • ‘I think that hypersensitivity to wording choices in a story like this does a real disservice to readers.’
    • ‘I am just showing the hypersensitivity of a child whose parents are getting a divorce but who are still living under the same roof.’
    • ‘With the hypersensitivity of the upwardly mobile, he feels the language of the court is "too high" for a liveryman yet secretly hopes his children will master.’
    • ‘The delicate interventions that he applies to each of his pieces convey a hypersensitivity to materials and an attention to texture.’
    • ‘The diplomat's remarks reveal the acute awareness of image that Germans took on after World War II - a hypersensitivity to world opinion that is as unlike brash American insouciance as, well, defeat is to victory.’
    • ‘His firing of Smith reflects his hypersensitivity on the issue.’
    • ‘Despite her hypersensitivity to his sentimental confessions, Esther is moved by his insistence that she "obey the law that is the meaning and the content of her life."’
    • ‘The result is a hypersensitivity among the press to charges of bias.’
    • ‘The hypersensitivity of certain characters to language in this play betrays their desire to mark social status linguistically.’

Pronunciation

hypersensitivity

/ˌhaɪpərˌsɛnsəˈtɪvədi//ˌhīpərˌsensəˈtivədē/