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sen·si·tize

 (sĕn′sĭ-tīz′)
v. sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing, sen·si·tiz·es
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.


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

sen•si•ti•za•tion

(ˌsɛn sɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən)

n.
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.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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)
Translations

sen·si·ti·za·tion

n. sensibilización, acto de hacer sensible o sensorial.
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In addition to including one of the highest levels of DHA and ARA available in the United States, Nestle Good Start Supreme DHA & ARA is the only routine formula to combine the benefits of DHA and ARA with easy-to-digest Comfort Proteins(R) that are designed to be gentle on a baby's developing digestive system and reduce the potential for babies to develop protein sensitization and intolerance.
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