- the state or process of being sensitized.
- Psychology. the process of becoming susceptible to a given stimulus that previously had no effect or significance.
- a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
- an immunologic state or condition that is evidenced by the acquired ability of a cell or individual to detect the presence of a foreign substance upon reexposure to the substance and to react immunologically.
Origin of sensitization
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Examples from the Web for sensitization
Various skin rashes and eruptions are likewise associated with sensitization to certain foods.Food Poisoning
Edwin Oakes Jordan
Call the old tubercular diathesis a sensitization and you have made it the most modern of modern discoveries.
What if gout should prove to be a sensitization or anaphylaxis to uric acid that does not exist in the non-gouty?
Word Origin and History for sensitization
1862, originally in photography, noun of action from sensitize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
autoerythrocyte sensitization syndrome
- A condition, usually occurring in women, in which bruising occurs easily, with the resulting ecchymoses tending to enlarge and involve adjacent tissues, causing pain in the affected parts; it may be a form of autosensitization or may be due to psychogenic causes.autoerythrocyte sensitization Gardner-Diamond syndrome psychogenic purpura
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