[al-er-juh n, -jen]
- any substance, often a protein, that induces an allergy: common allergens include pollen, grasses, dust, and some medications.
Origin of allergen
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- any substance capable of inducing an allergy
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Word Origin and History for allergen
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- A substance, such as pollen, that causes an allergy.
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- A substance, such as pollen, that causes an allergic reaction.
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