hypersensitive

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

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. hyperresonance,
  2. hypersalivation,
  3. hypersarcosinemia,
  4. hypersecretion,
  5. hypersecretory,
  6. hypersensitivity,
  7. hypersensitization,
  8. hypersensitize,
  9. hypersexual,
  10. hypersomnia

Origin of hypersensitive

First recorded in 1870–75; hyper- + sensitive

Related formshy·per·sen·si·tive·ness, hy·per·sen·si·tiv·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitive

hypersensitive

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈsɛnsɪtɪv) /

adjective

having unduly vulnerable feelings
abnormally sensitive to an allergen, a drug, or other agent
Derived Formshypersensitiveness or hypersensitivity, noun

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Word Origin and History for hypersensitive

hypersensitive

adj.

1827, a hybrid from hyper- + sensitive. Related: Hypersensitivity.

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Medicine definitions for hypersensitive

hypersensitive

[ hī′pər-sĕnsĭ-tĭv ]

adj.

Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen; abnormally sensitive.
Related formshy′per•sensi•tive•ness null n.


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