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verb (used with object), hy·per·sen·si·tized, hy·per·sen·si·tiz·ing.
  1. Photography. to treat (a film or emulsion) so as to increase its speed.
  2. Pathology. to strongly heighten a reaction upon reexposure to a particular antigen.
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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



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


  1. The act of inducing hypersensitiveness.
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