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Pronunciation: hi'per-sen'si-tiv'i-te


  1. Abnormal sensitivity, a condition in which there is an exaggerated response by the body to the stimulus of a foreign agent.
  2. In endocrinology, an excessive target tissue response to a hormone.

See: allergy

Synonym(s): hormone hypersensitivity

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