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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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Adj.1.desensitizing - making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli
sensitising, sensitizing - making susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli
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Key Words: Arginine, hypersensitivity, desensitizing agent, periodontal treatment, scaling and root planning.
Preboost is the only individually packaged medicated wipe that contains the desensitizing agent benzocaine 4%.
Dualpro also contains Smartblock[TM] Desensitizing Spheres--patent-pending silica microspheres that penetrate and occlude open tubules to provide immediate relief during a routine prophylaxis.
The effectiveness of current dentin desensitizing agents used to treat dental hypersensitivity: a systematic review.
Washington, March 1 ( ANI ): Researchers have said that an asthma drug omalizumab accelerates the process of desensitizing patients with food allergies to several foods at the same time.
Animal models provide a better option for studying the action of desensitizing agents on dentin.
This has resulted in the development of two major classes of products agents that occlude dentin tubules and desensitizing agents that interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses.
Colgate[R] Sensitive Pro-Relief[TM] Desensitizing Paste features Pro-Argin[TM] Technology to provide dentin hypersensitivity relief for four weeks with one application, the company says.
In town you often can't spot a road-crossing pedestrian more that a few car lengths ahead, unless they occult one of the lights desensitizing your vision.
The unit's monitor displays a customizable video that explains each step in the checkout and desensitizing process with voice prompts.
Perhaps more importantly, this brief seeks to do so in sustainable ways to avoid desensitizing youth to the effects of disaster, and prevent wavering attention.
Is it desensitizing women to the value of pre-born human life?