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sensitize

[ sen-si-tahyz ]
/ 藞s蓻n s瑟藢ta瑟z /
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verb (used with object), sen路si路tized, sen路si路tiz路ing.
to render sensitive.
Photography. to render (a film or the like) sensitive to light or other forms of radiant energy.
Immunology. to render sensitive to an antigenic substance.
verb (used without object), sen路si路tized, sen路si路tiz路ing.
to become sensitized.
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Also especially British, sen路si路tise .

Origin of sensitize

First recorded in 1855鈥60; sensit(ive) + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for sensitize

sensitize

sensitise

/ (藞s蓻ns瑟藢ta瑟z) /

verb
to make or become sensitive
(tr) to render (an individual) sensitive to a drug, allergen, etc
(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

Derived forms of sensitize

sensitization or sensitisation, nounsensitizer or sensitiser, noun
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Medical definitions for sensitize

sensitize
[ s臅ns沫-t墨z鈥 ]

v.
To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by repeated exposure.
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