[ ahr-too-siz ]
/ ɑrˈtu sɪz /
a severe, local immune reaction to the injection of an antigen in a sensitized host.
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Origin of Arthus' reaction
after Nicolas-Maurice Arthus (1862–1945), French physiologist, who discovered it in 1903
Also called Arthus' phenomenon.
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