sensitization

sensitization

[sen-si-tuh-zey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the state or process of being sensitized.
2.
Psychology. the process of becoming susceptible to a given stimulus that previously had no effect or significance.
3.
Immunology.
a.
a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
b.
an immunologic state or condition that is evidenced by the acquired ability of a cell or individual to detect the presence of a foreign substance upon reexposure to the substance and to react immunologically.

Origin:
1885–90; sensitize + -ation

nonsensitization, noun
resensitization, noun
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sensitize or sensitise (ˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to make or become sensitive
2.  (tr) to render (an individual) sensitive to a drug, allergen, etc
3.  (tr) photog to make (a material) sensitive to light or to other actinic radiation, esp to light of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion often containing special chemicals, such as dyes
 
sensitise or sensitise
 
vb
 
sensiti'zation or sensitise
 
n
 
sensiti'sation or sensitise
 
n
 
'sensitizer or sensitise
 
n
 
'sensitiser or sensitise
 
n

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sensitization sen·si·ti·za·tion (sěn'sĭ-tĭ-zā'shən)
n.
The act or process of inducing an acquired sensitivity or allergy.

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