What does the word allergy mean?

What does the word allergy mean?

The origin of the word ‘allergy’ comes from the Classical Greek word ‘allos’, then the German word ‘allergie’. It is a noun with the following meanings:

  • A hypersensitivity to a specific substance (such as food, pollen, dust etc.) or condition (as heat or cold) which in similar amounts or degrees is harmless to most people: it is manifested as a physiological disorder
  • A strong aversion
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