verb (used with object), hy·per·sen·si·tized, hy·per·sen·si·tiz·ing.

Photography. to treat (a film or emulsion) so as to increase its speed.
Pathology. to strongly heighten a reaction upon reexposure to a particular antigen.

Nearby words

  1. hypersecretion,
  2. hypersecretory,
  3. hypersensitive,
  4. hypersensitivity,
  5. hypersensitization,
  6. hypersexual,
  7. hypersomnia,
  8. hypersonic,
  9. hyperspace,
  10. hypersphere

Also especially British, hy·per·sen·si·tise.

Origin of hypersensitize

First recorded in 1895–1900; hypersensit(ive) + -ize

Related formshy·per·sen·si·ti·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitization




(tr) to treat (a photographic emulsion), usually after manufacture and shortly before exposure, to increase its speed
Derived Formshypersensitization or hypersensitisation, noun

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Medicine definitions for hypersensitization




The act of inducing hypersensitiveness.

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