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An excessive or abnormal sensitivity to a substance. A person who is hypersensitive to a certain drug will often suffer a severe allergic reaction (see allergy) if given the drug.
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Words nearby hypersensitivity
hyperrealism, hyperreality, hyperreal number, hypersecretion, hypersensitive, hypersensitivity, hypersensitize, hypersexual, hypersexuality, hypersomnia, hypersonic
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The examples of this latest explosion of hypersensitivity are too numerous to recount, but a few should suffice.Warning: This Column Will Offend You|Michael Moynihan|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Joie Chen on why the complaints are more than just hypersensitivity.Asian-Americans Reject ‘Good’ News in Pew Report|Joie Chen|June 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
While it is a relief it is not getting higher, hypersensitivity to inflation shouldn't stop that number from getting lower.Don't Crucify Mankind Upon a Cross of 2% Inflation|Noah Kristula-Green|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Moongirls only become mean girls to disguise their hypersensitivity.What the Stars Hold for Your Week, June 26-July 2, 2011|Starsky + Cox|June 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST