|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|
|a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, powerful high explosive, C3H6N6O6, used chiefly in bombs and shells.|
|an obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust, sometimes cited as one of the longest words in the English language.|
desensitization de·sen·si·ti·za·tion (dē-sěn'sĭ-tĭ-zā'shən)
The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to a specific allergen. Also called antianaphylaxis.
The mitigation of an individual's emotional response to a distressing stimulus by repeated exposure to or imagination of that stimulus.