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sensitization

[ sen-si-tuh-zey-shuhn ]
/ ˌsɛn sɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən /
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noun

the state or process of being sensitized.
Psychology. the process of becoming susceptible to a given stimulus that previously had no effect or significance.
Immunology.
  1. a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
  2. 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.

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Origin of sensitization

First recorded in 1885–90; sensitize + -ation

OTHER WORDS FROM sensitization

non·sen·si·ti·za·tion, nounre·sen·si·ti·za·tion, noun
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Medical definitions for sensitization

sensitization
[ sĕn′sĭ-tĭ-zāshən ]

n.

The act or process of inducing an acquired sensitivity or allergy.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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