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hypersensitize

[ hahy-per-sen-si-tahyz ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛn sɪˌtaɪz /
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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.

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

Origin of hypersensitize

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hypersensitize

hy·per·sen·si·ti·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitize

hypersensitize

hypersensitise

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to treat (a photographic emulsion), usually after manufacture and shortly before exposure, to increase its speed

Derived forms of hypersensitize

hypersensitization or hypersensitisation, noun
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