verb (used with object), sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
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·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
Also especially British, sen·si·tise.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.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for sensitize
Historical Examples of sensitize
British Dictionary definitions for sensitize
Derived Formssensitization or sensitisation, nounsensitizer or sensitiser, noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for sensitize
1856, in photography; see sensitive + -ize. Of persons from 1880. Related: Sensitized; sensitizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by repeated exposure.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.