desensitization(redirected from extinction desensitization)
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tr.v. de·sen·si·tized, de·sen·si·tiz·ing, de·sen·si·tiz·es
1. To render insensitive or less sensitive.
2. Immunology To make (an individual) nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.
3. To make emotionally insensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure or repeated shocks: "This movie in effect may resensitize people who thought they were desensitized to violence" (Steven Spielberg).
4. To make (a photographic film or substance) less sensitive to light.
de·sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
de•sen•si•ti•za•tion(diˌsɛn sɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən)
1. the act or process of desensitizing.
2. the reduction or elimination of an allergic reaction or psychological oversensitivity to an external stimulus by controlled repeated exposure to the stimulus.