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sensitize

[sen-si-tahyz] /ˈsɛn sɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), sensitized, sensitizing.
1.
to render sensitive.
2.
Photography. to render (a film or the like) sensitive to light or other forms of radiant energy.
3.
Immunology. to render sensitive to an antigenic substance.
verb (used without object), sensitized, sensitizing.
4.
to become sensitized.
Also, especially British, sensitise.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; sensit(ive) + -ize
Related forms
sensitizer, noun
antisensitizer, noun
antisensitizing, adjective
nonsensitized, adjective
nonsensitizing, adjective
oversensitize, verb, oversensitized, oversensitizing.
resensitize, verb (used with object), resensitized, resensitizing.
unsensitize, verb (used with object), unsensitized, unsensitizing.
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British Dictionary definitions for oversensitize

sensitize

/ˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become sensitive
2.
(transitive) to render (an individual) sensitive to a drug, allergen, etc
3.
(transitive) (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
Derived Forms
sensitization, sensitisation, noun
sensitizer, sensitiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for oversensitize

sensitize

v.

1856, in photography; see sensitive + -ize. Of persons from 1880. Related: Sensitized; sensitizing.

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oversensitize in Medicine

sensitize sen·si·tize (sěn'sĭ-tīz')
v. sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing, sen·si·tiz·es
To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by repeated exposure.

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