Allergy and Asthma

Allergy

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions occur when a person's immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment.

allergy n : hypersensitivity reaction to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly in intensity [syn: {allergic reaction}]

137 Moby Thesaurus words for "allergy": abhorrence, abnormality, abomination, acute disease, affection, affliction, ailment, allergen, allergic disease, allergic disorder, anaphylaxis, antagonism, antipathy, asthma, atrophy, aversion, bacterial disease, birth defect, blight, cardiovascular disease, chronic disease, circulatory disease, cold sweat, complaint, complication, condition, congenital defect, conjunctivitis, considerateness, cosmetic dermatitis, creeping flesh, defect, deficiency disease, deformity, degenerative disease, delicacy, disability, disease, disgust, disorder, distemper, eczema, empathy, endemic, endemic disease, endocrine disease, enmity, epidemic disease, exquisiteness, fineness, functional disease, fungus disease, gastrointestinal disease, genetic disease, handicap, hate, hatred, hay fever, hereditary disease, hives, horror, hostility, hyperesthesia, hyperpathia, hypersensitivity, iatrogenic disease, identification, illness, indisposition, infectious disease, infirmity, irritability, loathing, malady, malaise, morbidity, morbus, mortal horror, muscular disease, nausea, nervousness, neurological disease, nutritional disease, occupational disease, organic disease, oversensibility, oversensitiveness, overtenderness, pandemic disease, passibility, pathological condition, pathology, perceptiveness, perceptivity, photophobia, plant disease, pollinosis, prickliness, protozoan disease, psychosomatic disease, rejection, repugnance, repulsion, respiratory disease, responsiveness, revulsion, rockiness, rose cold, secondary disease, seediness, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensitization, shuddering, sickishness, sickness, signs, soreness, supersensitivity, sympathy, symptomatology, symptomology, symptoms, syndrome, tact, tactfulness, tenderness, tetchiness, the pip, thin skin, ticklishness, touchiness, urogenital disease, urticaria, virus disease, wasting disease, worm disease

allergy \allergy\ n. 1. hypersensitivity to a particular substance. ``an allergy to bee venom so severe that a second sting may be fatal'' [WordNet 1.5] ||

Asthma

Asthma (from the Greek ἅσθμα, ásthma, "panting") is the common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm.

asthma n : respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin [syn: {asthma attack}, {bronchial asthma}]

144 Moby Thesaurus words for "asthma": Asiatic flu, Hong Kong flu, abscess, acute bronchitis, adenoiditis, ague, allergen, allergic disorder, allergy, aluminosis, amygdalitis, anemia, ankylosis, anoxia, anthracosilicosis, anthracosis, apnea, asbestosis, asphyxiation, ataxia, atrophy, atypical pneumonia, backache, bituminosis, black lung, bleeding, blennorhea, bronchial pneumonia, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, cachexia, cachexy, catarrh, chalicosis, chill, chills, chronic bronchitis, cold, colic, collapsed lung, common cold, coniosis, conjunctivitis, constipation, convulsion, coryza, cosmetic dermatitis, coughing, croup, croupous pneumonia, cyanosis, diarrhea, dizziness, double pneumonia, dropsy, dry pleurisy, dysentery, dyspepsia, dyspnea, eczema, edema, emaciation, emphysema, empyema, epidemic pleurodynia, fainting, fatigue, fever, fibrillation, fibrinous pneumonia, flu, flux, grippe, growth, hay fever, hemorrhage, high blood pressure, hives, hydrops, hypertension, hypotension, icterus, indigestion, inflammation, influenza, insomnia, itching, jaundice, la grippe, labored breathing, laryngitis, lipoid pneumonia, lobar pneumonia, low blood pressure, lumbago, lung cancer, lung fever, marasmus, nasal discharge, nausea, necrosis, pain, paralysis, pharyngitis, pleurisy, pleuritis, pneumococcal pneumonia, pneumoconiosis, pneumonia, pneumonic fever, pneumothorax, pollinosis, pruritus, quinsy, rash, rheum, rose cold, sclerosis, seizure, shock, siderosis, silicosis, skin eruption, sneezing, sore, sore throat, spasm, swine flu, tabes, tachycardia, the sniffles, the snuffles, tonsilitis, tumor, upset stomach, urticaria, vertigo, virus pneumonia, vomiting, wasting, wet pleurisy, whooping cough

Asthma \Asth"ma\ (?; 277), n. [Gr. ? short-drawn breath, fr. ? to blow, for ?: cf. Skr. v[=a], Goth. waian, to blow, E. wind.] (Med.) A disease, characterized by difficulty of breathing (due to a spasmodic contraction of the bronchi), recurring at intervals, accompanied with a wheezing sound, a sense of constriction in the chest, a cough, and expectoration. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • allergy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • allergy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • allergy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • asthma: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • asthma: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • asthma: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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