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v. sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing, sen·si·tiz·es
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.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.

sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
sen′si·tiz′er n.
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Noun1.sensitizer - (chemistry) a substance other than a catalyst that facilitates the start of a catalytic reaction
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
activator - (biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription
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Levosimendan, a novel myofilament calcium sensitizer, allows weaning of parenteral inotropic therapy in patients with severe congestive heart failure.
NEW ORLEANS -- Results of a highly anticipated study on the use of rosiglitazone confirm the overall cardiovascular safety of the drug, an insulin sensitizer used to lower glucose in people with type 2 diabetes.
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Two types commonly occur: irritant-contact dermatitis, caused by direct chemical or physical damage to the skin, and allergic-contact dermatitis, caused by a sensitizer that produces a greater response with each subsequent exposure.
Mindset BioPharmaceuticals (USA), Inc (New York, NY) a company privately held by MPM Capital and other shareholders announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance in Europe related to patent applications describing the use of insulin sensitizer drugs for the prevention and treatment of memory loss.
The technique uses an iodine sensitizer at 20 C that yields few oxidation products.
The sensitizer Ni[SO.sub.4] induced the most prominent augmentation of CD86 and HLA-DR expression in iDCs.
To conclude, Cisplatin appears to be better than Gemcitabine when used as a radio sensitizer for untreated locally advanced cervical cancer in terms of response and toxicity.
Metabolex Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics for diabetes and related metabolic disorders, has begun a double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2a, proof-of-concept study for MBX-2044, an oral insulin sensitizer for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Certainly, if you have insulin resistance or Type II diabetes, an insulin sensitizer would be an acceptable approach to treatment.
All in all, I think the risks of OCs may well outweigh their benefits in PCOS, tipping the balance in favor of insulin sensitizers. Future studies are needed to determine if combined treatment with an OC and insulin sensitizer might have advantages over either drug alone.
Selye concluded that unlike the case with simple metastatic calcifications, this response occurred only with the use of a sensitizer and a challenger.