allergy


allergy
\ \ [20] Allergy was borrowed from German allergie, which was coined in 1906 by the scientist C E von Pirquet. He formed it from Greek allosother, different’ and érgonwork’ (source of English energy and related to English work). Its original application was to a changed physiological condition caused by an injection of some foreign substance.
\ \ Cf.ENERGY, WORK

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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