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desensitize

[ dee-sen-si-tahyz ]
/ di藞s蓻n s瑟藢ta瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de路sen路si路tized, de路sen路si路tiz路ing.
to lessen the sensitiveness of.
to make indifferent, unaware, or the like, in feeling.
Photography. to make less sensitive or wholly insensitive to light, as the emulsion on a film.
Printing. to treat (the design on a lithographic plate) with an etch in order to increase the capacity to retain moisture, and to remove traces of grease.
Chemistry. to reduce the sensitivity of (an explosive) to those stimuli capable of detonating it.
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Also especially British, de路sen路si路tise .

Origin of desensitize

First recorded in 1900鈥05; de- + sensitize

OTHER WORDS FROM desensitize

de路sen路si路tiz路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for desensitize

desensitize

desensitise

/ (di藧藞s蓻ns瑟藢ta瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to render insensitive or less sensitivethe patient was desensitized to the allergen; to desensitize photographic film
psychol to decrease the abnormal fear in (a person) of a situation or object, by exposing him to it either in reality or in his imagination

Derived forms of desensitize

desensitization or desensitisation, noundesensitizer or desensitiser, noun
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Medical definitions for desensitize

desensitize
[ d膿-s臅ns沫-t墨z鈥 ]

v.
To render insensitive or less sensitive, as a nerve or tooth.
To make an individual nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.
To make a person emotionally insensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure or repeated shocks.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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