1. Highly or excessively sensitive.
2. Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen.
hy′per·sensi·tive·ness, hy′per·sen′si·tivi·ty n.
hy′per·sensi·tize′ (-tīz′) v.
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