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contact dermatitis


Definition: a T lymphocyte–mediated dermatitis (type IV hypersensitivity) resulting from cutaneous contact with a specific allergen (allergic contact dermatitis) or irritant (nonallergic contact dermatitis).

Synonym(s): contact hypersensitivity1

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