anaphylaxis

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anaphylaxis an·a·phy·lax·is (ān'ə-fə-lāk'sĭs)
n. pl. an·a·phy·lax·es (-lāk'sēz)

  1. Hypersensitivity induced by preliminary exposure to a substance and usually producing a contraction of smooth muscle and a dilation of blood vessels.

  2. See anaphylactic shock.


an'a·phy·lac'tic (-lāk'tĭk) adj.
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