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the act or process of desensitizing.
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. the elimination or reduction of natural or acquired reactivity or sensitivity to an external stimulus, as an allergen.
Psychiatry. a behavior modification technique, used especially in treating phobias, in which panic or other undesirable emotional response to a given stimulus is reduced or extinguished, especially by repeated exposure to that stimulus.

1920–25; desensitize + -ation Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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
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desensiti'zation or desensitise
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de'sensitizer or desensitise
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Medical Dictionary

desensitization de·sen·si·ti·za·tion (dē-sěn'sĭ-tĭ-zā'shən)

  1. The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to a specific allergen. Also called antianaphylaxis.

  2. The mitigation of an individual's emotional response to a distressing stimulus by repeated exposure to or imagination of that stimulus.

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Example sentences
Regulation of m2 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor desensitization by phosphorylation.
But the desensitization factor of this will conversely be enormous.
Systematic desensitization is a technique used to treat phobias.
Systematic desensitization or exposure therapy may be used to treat phobias.
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