desensitization

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de·sen·si·tize

 (dē-sĕn′sĭ-tīz′)
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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de•sen•si•ti•za•tion

(diˌsɛn sɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən)

n.
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.
[1920–25]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desensitization - the process of reducing sensitivity; "the patient was desensitized to the allergen"
decrease, decrement - a process of becoming smaller or shorter
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Translations

de·sen·si·tiz·a·tion

n. desensibilización, tratamiento inyectado de repetidas soluciones de un alérgeno para combatir una alergia.
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desensitization

n desensibilización f
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