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[uh-lur-jik] /əˈlɜr dʒɪk/
of or relating to allergy:
an allergic reaction to wool.
having an allergy.
Informal. having a strong dislike or aversion:
He's allergic to most modern music.
Origin of allergic
1910-15; allerg(y) + -ic
Related forms
unallergic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allergic
  • He explained it, largely, as an allergic reaction but go see the doc as soon as you can.
  • Not only that, which was bad enough, but my dog also had some kind of allergic reaction to the flea bites.
  • Soon, hypoallergenic felines-cats that have little likelihood of causing an allergic reaction in humans-will be available.
  • Your immune system may go wild over this visitor and launch a frenzied allergic reaction.
  • Many foods and drinks that are red is causing allergic reaction in people.
  • But because of a small risk of allergic reaction in humans, the corn was approved only for animal feed.
  • Swelling and lingering pain may reflect an allergic reaction and warrant a visit to a physician.
  • Knowing that some allergic reaction is behind alleviates itself, as the mental stress is reduced.
  • If it's an allergic reaction, a vet can also administer a steroid shot for immediate relief.
  • For years it has been maligned as a food that some people are allergic to and others believe is too high in calories.
British Dictionary definitions for allergic


of, relating to, having, or caused by an allergy
(informal) (postpositive) foll by to. having an aversion (to): he's allergic to work
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Word Origin and History for allergic

1911, from allergy + -ic; cf. French allergique (1906). Figurative use, "antipathetic, repulsed" is from 1936.

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allergic in Medicine

allergic al·ler·gic (ə-lûr'jĭk)

  1. Of, caused, or characterized by an allergy.

  2. Having an allergy or exhibiting an allergic reaction to a substance.

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Slang definitions & phrases for allergic



Having a strong aversion to something or somebody usually jocular: Teachers have that effect on me. Quite frankly, I am allergic to them (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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