Alarm reaction



the first stage of the general adaptation syndrome, in which the body responds to stress by exhibiting shock.

alarm reaction a·larm reaction (ə-lärm’)
n.
The initial stage in the body’s response to stressful stimuli, characterized by adaptive physiological changes, such as increased hormonal activity and increased heart rate.

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  • Alarmed

    a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright. any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger: Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming. an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of […]

  • Alarming

    causing or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect. a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright. any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger: Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming. an automatic device […]



  • Alarmingly

    causing or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect. Contemporary Examples The experience put her in a mental hospital, where, alarmingly, she asked her visiting father to beat her. Year of the Short Story Taylor Antrim March 24, 2009 There are now about 1,000 tanks at the plant, but water continues […]

  • Alarmist

    a person who tends to raise , especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities. of or like an alarmist. Contemporary Examples His 2008 campaign left the alarmist congressman with a fanatical following, a national organization, and clout. Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Dilemma Patricia Murphy April 3, 2011 Brzezinski is by no […]



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