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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·tiz′er n.
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Overall, 30.4 percent of the 23 low-dose VWG OIT-treated participants were desensitized to an SCD of 7,443 mg of WP at year two; at eight to 10 weeks off therapy, 13 percent achieved sustained unresponsiveness.
Meanwhile, Wood said in a separate interview that she became desensitized to scary things after all the horrible things she witnessed while filming "Westworld."
Further, Helfstein points out that regulatory solutions "often take an inordinate amount of time." He also believes that consumers have largely become desensitized to data-privacy related issues.
The show titled The Desensitized Artist will remain open till March 8.
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It addresses what Shiseido calls "a growing concern among women in their 30s that their skin is becoming increasingly desensitized to skincare." ReNeura Technology harnesses the combined power of science and nature to "activate the power of touch to awaken unresponsive skin and to boost the effectiveness of skincare products."
In Karachi, due to desensitized citizens on the roads,theses health care givers are faced with growing challenges.
In El Juarez, Mexico, a city ravaged by black-market violence, desensitized kids watch police scoop up the remains of their murdered siblings.
The findings by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford come on the heels of a recent study by the same team showing that people with multiple food allergies can be desensitized to several foods at once.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A small, retrospective study suggests that patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease may be safely desensitized to aspirin in an office setting rather than in a hospital.