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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 is a calcium sensitizer that works through a unique triple mechanism of action.
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This results in the induction of an immunologic memory towards the specific sensitizer.
The company said doranidazole is a hypoxic cell radiation sensitizer in clinical development for treating cancers in combination with stereotactic body radiation therapy.
Photoanode with a natural sensitizer as composite catalyst in electrode (platinum replacement) was made for electrochemical devices.
DHEA has also been shown to be an insulin sensitizer and to help protect against advanced glycation end-product formation.
This assay is based on the understanding that in order to provoke a cascade of immune response to generate antibodies; the sensitizing compound or the essential part in the molecule that is recognized as the sensitizer must bind to a protein carrier.
The study found women with type 2 diabetes experienced a 21-percent lower risk of cancer if they took an insulin sensitizer compared to similar women who took an insulin secretagogue.
The article reported Loesyn's insulin sensitizer activity and mechanism of action studies in animal diabetes models.
Pioglitazone is insulin sensitizer by its action on nuclear receptors PPAR gamma (7) which lead to increased production of insulin sensitive adipocytes and increased glucose uptake in peripheral tissue.
The DSSCs typically contain four components: a mesoporous semiconductor metal oxide film; a sensitizer (dye); an electrolyte/hole transporter; and a counterelectrode.