Idiosyncrasy GRE Vocabulary Flashcard
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a weird style or way of thinking, behaving or responding to a situation owned by a person, habit, thinking mode, eccentricity, oddity, unorthodoxy, peculiarity, feature, whim, mannerism, foible, quirk, characteristic, caprice, humor
When your doctor prescribes a medication, neither you nor the doctor expect it to be a life-threatening drug, but sometimes it is just that. In pharmacology, idiosyncrasy refers to an idiosyncratic reaction, which is an adverse effect to an agent, such as a drug, which doesn’t occur in most patients who’ve used the same agent.
That shouldn’t be too surprising. In layman’s terms, when we say someone has a certain idiosyncrasy, we refer to a habit or mannerism that’s peculiar to that person. Well, an idiosyncratic reaction is an abnormal event, stemming from the use of a compound, which is peculiar, meaning specific, to an individual.
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