[ hahy-per-sen-si-tiv ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛn sɪ tɪv /


excessively sensitive: to be hypersensitive to criticism.
allergic to a substance to which persons do not normally react.


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Origin of hypersensitive

First recorded in 1870–75; hyper- + sensitive

OTHER WORDS FROM hypersensitive

hy·per·sen·si·tive·ness, hy·per·sen·si·tiv·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitive

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈsɛnsɪtɪv) /


having unduly vulnerable feelings
abnormally sensitive to an allergen, a drug, or other agent

Derived forms of hypersensitive

hypersensitiveness or hypersensitivity, noun
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Medical definitions for hypersensitive

[ hī′pər-sĕnsĭ-tĭv ]


Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen; abnormally sensitive.

Other words from hypersensitive

hy′per•sensi•tive•ness null n.
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