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Allergen

Definition
noun, plural: allergens
An antigen that causes an allergic reaction in an organism.
Supplement
The allergen can be acquired through ingestion, inhalation, injection, or contact with skin. Common allergens include pollen, spores, grasses, dust and certain medications.
Word origin: German Allergen : Aller(gie), allergy + -gen, -gen (from French -gène

Related forms: allergenic (adjective).
See also: allergy.


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