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hypersensitize

[hahy-per-sen-si-tahyz] /ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛn sɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), hypersensitized, hypersensitizing.
1.
Photography. to treat (a film or emulsion) so as to increase its speed.
2.
Pathology. to strongly heighten a reaction upon reexposure to a particular antigen.
Also, especially British, hypersensitise.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; hypersensit(ive) + -ize
Related forms
hypersensitization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitize

hypersensitize

/ˌhaɪpəˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to treat (a photographic emulsion), usually after manufacture and shortly before exposure, to increase its speed
Derived Forms
hypersensitization, hypersensitisation, noun
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