verb (used with object), sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·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·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
to become sensitized.
- sensitivity group,
- sensitivity training,
- sensitized antigen,
- sensitized cell,
- sensitizing dye,
- sensitometric curve
Also especially British, sen·si·tise.
Origin of sensitize
sen·si·tiz·er, nounan·ti·sen·si·tiz·er, nounan·ti·sen·si·tiz·ing, adjectivenon·sen·si·tized, adjective
non·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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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
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To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by repeated exposure.
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