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wheal-and-flare reaction

wheal-and-flare reaction in Medicine

wheal-and-flare reaction n.
The characteristic immediate reaction to an injected allergen in a skin test, in which an irregular blanched wheal appears, surrounded by an area of redness. Also called wheal-and-erythema reaction.

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