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atopy

[at-uh-pee]
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noun
  1. an allergy, involving an inherited immunoglobulin of the IgE type, that predisposes a person to certain allergic responses, as atopic dermatitis.

Origin of atopy

1920–25; < Greek atopía extraordinariness, equivalent to átop(os) out of place, unusual (see a-6, topo-) + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for atopy

atopy

noun
  1. immunol a hereditary tendency to be hypersensitive to certain allergens
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Word Origin and History for atopy

n.

1923, coined by Edward D. Perry, professor of Greek at Columbia University, at the request of medical men, from Greek atopia "unusualness, strangeness, a being out of the way," from atopos "out of place, strange, odd, eccentric," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + topos "place" (see topos).

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atopy in Medicine

atopy

(ătə-pē)
n.
  1. A hereditary disorder marked by the tendency to develop immediate allergic reactions to substances such as pollen, food, dander, and insect venoms and manifested by hay fever, asthma, or similar allergic conditions.atopic allergy
Related formsa•topic (ā-tŏpĭk) adj.
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