- a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
- an immunologic state or condition that is evidenced by the acquired ability of a cell or individual to detect the presence of a foreign substance upon reexposure to the substance and to react immunologically.
Examples from the Web for sensitization
What if gout should prove to be a sensitization or anaphylaxis to uric acid that does not exist in the non-gouty?
Various skin rashes and eruptions are likewise associated with sensitization to certain foods.Food Poisoning|Edwin Oakes Jordan
Call the old tubercular diathesis a sensitization and you have made it the most modern of modern discoveries.
Word Origin and History for sensitization
1862, originally in photography, noun of action from sensitize.