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[hahy-per-sen-si-tiv] /ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛn sɪ tɪv/
excessively sensitive:
to be hypersensitive to criticism.
allergic to a substance to which persons do not normally react.
Origin of hypersensitive
1870-75; hyper- + sensitive
Related forms
hypersensitiveness, hypersensitivity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypersensitive
  • Before this study, researchers had demonstrated two ways for animals to become hypersensitive after injury.
  • We're natural conspiracy theorists, hypersensitive to signs of intelligence.
  • His best pictures exude a hypersensitive, ambiguous aura of grace.
  • He sits in his cell at the reformatory- hypersensitive, intelligent, and bitter.
  • More severe adverse reactions can occur if you are hypersensitive to the vaccine itself or any of its components.
  • But the fast-moving technology industry is hypersensitive to delay.
  • However, for reasons not completely understood, some people are hypersensitive to substances that are typically harmless.
  • Being a musician with hypersensitive ears has its drawbacks.
  • What struck me was the inane outcry by hypersensitive people who obviously must not have anything important to do in their lives.
  • The princess of the children's story was proud of being picky and hypersensitive to small irritations.
British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitive


having unduly vulnerable feelings
abnormally sensitive to an allergen, a drug, or other agent
Derived Forms
hypersensitiveness, hypersensitivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypersensitive

1827, a hybrid from hyper- + sensitive. Related: Hypersensitivity.

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hypersensitive in Medicine

hypersensitive hy·per·sen·si·tive (hī'pər-sěn'sĭ-tĭv)
Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen; abnormally sensitive.

hy'per·sen'si·tive·ness or hy'per·sen'si·tiv'i·ty (-tĭv'ĭ-tē) n.
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