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To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.
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Given that tendency to overreact when stimulated by allergens, it seemed plausible that introducing venom into the body would trigger a similar response.
In susceptible people, these sentinels can cause the body to overreact.
It's important not to overreact or be alarmist about [this finding]," warns Dubin, who calls for parents and caregivers to be sure to follow the existing guidelines for handling infected blood.
Every time there was a shock to the system, such as with the dot-com bust and the Y2K panic, companies seemed to overreact, causing drastic up and down cycles," explains Lee, the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology.
The more the Fed continues to overreact and increase short-term rates in a slowing recovery, the more long-term bond yields edge down, and the more stocks become undervalued.
I don't want to overreact but I feel I need to give my son some punishment for his potentially-dangerous behaviour.
I think we overreact in California when there's a little snow.
Another analog gets white cells so excited they overreact to the protein, inducing vaccine-like protection against subsequent exposures to myelin-damaging injections.
But he said the industry has to be careful not to overreact.
Yes, he did overreact but your friend's husband wouldn't win any prizes for being Mr Sensitivity either.
But in people with too many substance P receptors, the immune system seems to overreact, causing enough inflammation to trigger the sensory neurons to send more pain signals and release more substance P.
In eczema, certain immune cells overreact to harmless substances that come in contact with the skin.