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sensitize

[sen-si-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
  1. to render sensitive.
  2. Photography. to render (a film or the like) sensitive to light or other forms of radiant energy.
  3. Immunology. to render sensitive to an antigenic substance.
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verb (used without object), sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
  1. to become sensitized.
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Also especially British, sen·si·tise.

Origin of sensitize

First recorded in 1855–60; sensit(ive) + -ize
Related formssen·si·tiz·er, nounan·ti·sen·si·tiz·er, nounan·ti·sen·si·tiz·ing, adjectivenon·sen·si·tized, adjectivenon·sen·si·tiz·ing, adjectiveo·ver·sen·si·tize, verb, o·ver·sen·si·tized, o·ver·sen·si·tiz·ing.re·sen·si·tize, verb (used with object), re·sen·si·tized, re·sen·si·tiz·ing.un·sen·si·tize, verb (used with object), un·sen·si·tized, un·sen·si·tiz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-sensitizing

sensitize

sensitise

verb
  1. to make or become sensitive
  2. (tr) to render (an individual) sensitive to a drug, allergen, etc
  3. (tr) photog to make (a material) sensitive to light or to other actinic radiation, esp to light of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion often containing special chemicals, such as dyes
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Derived Formssensitization or sensitisation, nounsensitizer or sensitiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-sensitizing

sensitize

v.

1856, in photography; see sensitive + -ize. Of persons from 1880. Related: Sensitized; sensitizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-sensitizing in Medicine

sensitize

(sĕnsĭ-tīz′)
v.
  1. To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by repeated exposure.
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