- to render sensitive.
- Photography. to render (a film or the like) sensitive to light or other forms of radiant energy.
- Immunology. to render sensitive to an antigenic substance.
- to become sensitized.
Also especially British, sen·si·tise.
Origin of sensitize
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Examples from the Web for oversensitized
The lighting, mise en scène, and “effects” are all embarrassingly bad to our oversensitized eyes.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
- to make or become sensitive
- (tr) to render (an individual) sensitive to a drug, allergen, etc
- (tr) photog to make (a material) sensitive to light or to other actinic radiation, esp to light of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion often containing special chemicals, such as dyes
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Word Origin and History for oversensitized
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by repeated exposure.
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