noun (plural -gies) Etymology: German Allergie, from all- + Greek ergon work — more at work Date: 1910 1. altered bodily reactivity (as hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure <
a bee venom allergy so severe that a second sting may be fatal
2. exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual 3. medical practice concerned with allergies 4. a feeling of antipathy or aversion

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