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v. sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing, sen·si·tiz·es
1. To make sensitive: "Solitude had sensitized him to the roughness of other people" (Jeffrey Eugenides).
2. To make (a film or plate) sensitive to light, especially to light of a specific wavelength.
3. To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by a second or repeated exposure.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.

sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
sen′si·tiz′er n.


(ˌsɛn sɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən)

1. the process of becoming susceptible to a given stimulus that previously had no effect or significance.
2. a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
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Noun1.sensitization - the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen)
irritation - (pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation; "any food produced irritation of the stomach"
predisposition, sensitivity - susceptibility to a pathogen
2.sensitization - (psychology) the process of becoming highly sensitive to specific events or situations (especially emotional events or situations)
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
3.sensitization - rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections
immunisation, immunization - the act of making immune (especially by inoculation)


n. sensibilización, acto de hacer sensible o sensorial.
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4,12) During a central sensitization, some neurons may lose their tonic inhibition as they attempt to adapt, and they become disinhibited and overresponsive.
He calls them central sensitization syndromes, meaning patients are hypersensitive to any stimulus, not just pressure or touch but also noise, light and weather.
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