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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•ti•za•tion(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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|Noun||1.||sensitization - the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen)|
irritation - (pathology) abnormal sensitivity to stimulation; "any food produced irritation of the stomach"
|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"
|3.||sensitization - rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections|
n. sensibilización, acto de hacer sensible o sensorial.