hypersensitivity

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hyper- +‎ sensitivity

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hypersensitivity (countable and uncountable, plural hypersensitivities)

  1. Any heightened immune response to an antigen; an allergy.
  2. The state of being easily offended or hurt.
    • 2015, The Atlantic, G. Lukianoff and J. Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind:
      If our universities are teaching students that their emotions can be used effectively as weapons—or at least as evidence in administrative proceedings—then they are teaching students to nurture a kind of hypersensitivity that will lead them into countless drawn-out conflicts in college and beyond.

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