Idiosyncratic vs Atopy - What's the difference?

idiosyncratic | atopy |


As an adjective idiosyncratic

is peculiar to a specific individual; eccentric.

As a noun atopy is

(medicine) a hereditary disorder marked by the tendency to develop localized immediate hypersensitivity reactions to allergens such as pollen, food etc and is manifested by hay fever, asthma, or similar allergic conditions; generally considered to be caused by the interaction of environmental and genetic factors.

idiosyncratic

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Peculiar to a specific individual; eccentric.
  • * 1886 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , ch. 9:
  • At the time, I set it down to some idiosyncratic , personal distaste . . . but I have since had reason to believe the cause to lie much deeper in the nature of man.
  • * 1891 , (George MacDonald), The Flight of the Shadow , ch. 12:
  • It was no merely idiosyncratic experience, for the youth had the same: it was love!
  • * 1982 , Michael Walsh, " Music: A Fresh Falstaff in Los Angeles," Time , 26 April:
  • British Director Ronald Eyre kept the action crisp; he was correctly content to execute the composer's wishes, rather than impose a fashionably idiosyncratic view of his own.

    atopy

    English

    (wikipedia atopy)

    Noun

    (atopies)
  • (medicine) A hereditary disorder marked by the tendency to develop localized immediate hypersensitivity reactions to allergens such as pollen, food etc and is manifested by hay fever, asthma, or similar allergic conditions; generally considered to be caused by the interaction of environmental and genetic factors.
  • * 1999 , (Matt Ridley), Genome , Harper Perennial 2004, p. 67:
  • Whatever factor is invoked to explain the increase in asthma must also be capable of explaining other outbreaks of atopy .
  • A person suffering from atopic syndrome; a case of atopy.
  • Synonyms

    * atopic allergy

    See also

    * allergy

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