Medical Definition of Acquired sensitivity

1. 1. A state of hypersensitivity induced by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen) resulting in harmful immunologic reactions on subsequent exposures, the term is usually used to refer to hypersensitivity to an environmental antigen (atopic allergy or contact dermatitis) or to drug allergy. The original meaning, now obsolete, included all states of altered immunologic reactivity, immunity as well as hypersensitivity. Gell and Coombs used the term allergic reaction to mean any harmful immunologic reaction causing tissue injury. 2. The medical specialty dealing with diagnosis and treatment of allergic disorders. (18 Nov 1997)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Acquired Sensitivity

acquired hyperlipoproteinaemia
acquired hypogammaglobulinaemia
acquired ichthyosis
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
acquired immunity
acquired immunodeficiency disease
acquired leukoderma
acquired leukopathia
acquired megacolon
acquired methemoglobinaemia
acquired mutation
acquired nevus
acquired pellicle
acquired reflex
acquired sensitivity (current term)
acquired taste
acquired tastes
acquired toxoplasmosis
acquired trichoepithelioma
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