Word of the Day: adept

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Word of the Day: adept

The word adept has appeared in 223 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 17 in “It’s Probably Time to Clean Your Water Bottle” by Knvul Sheikh:

Drinking a little bit of water from a moldy bottle can be gross, but probably won’t cause much harm — as long as you don’t keep drinking it and clean your bottle right away, Dr. Phipatanakul said. Most species of mold are fairly harmless and our immune system is adept at getting rid of these pathogens when we encounter them, she said.

A few people, however, may be more sensitive to mold exposure, such as those with compromised immune systems, asthma or allergies to mold. These individuals may be more likely to get headaches, feel fatigued or experience other classic allergy symptoms, such as nasal congestion.

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