|desensitize or desensitise (diːˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz)|
|1.||to render insensitive or less sensitive: the patient was desensitized to the allergen; to desensitize photographic film|
|2.||psychol to decrease the abnormal fear in (a person) of a situation or object, by exposing him to it either in reality or in his imagination|
|desensitise or desensitise|
|desensiti'zation or desensitise|
|desensiti'sation or desensitise|
|de'sensitizer or desensitise|
|de'sensitiser or desensitise|
desensitize de·sen·si·tize (dē-sěn'sĭ-tīz')
v. de·sen·si·tized, de·sen·si·tiz·ing, de·sen·si·tiz·es
To render insensitive or less sensitive, as a nerve or tooth.
To make an individual nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.
To make a person emotionally insensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure or repeated shocks.