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desensitize

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verb de·sen·si·tize \(ˌ)dē-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz\

Simple Definition of desensitize

  • : to cause (someone or something) to react less to or be less affected by something : to cause (someone or something) to be less sensitive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of desensitize

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make (a sensitized or hypersensitive individual) insensitive or nonreactive to a sensitizing agent

  3. 2 :  to make emotionally insensitive or callous; specifically :  to extinguish an emotional response (as of fear, anxiety, or guilt) to stimuli that formerly induced it

desensitization

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌsen(t)-sə-tə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

desensitizer

play \(ˌ)dē-ˈsen-sə-ˌtī-zər\ noun

Examples of desensitize in a sentence

  1. The shot will help to desensitize the nerve.



1898

First Known Use of desensitize

1898

Rhymes with desensitize

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Medical Dictionary

desensitize

transitive verb de·sen·si·tize

Medical Definition of desensitize

desensitized

also British

desensitised

;

desensitizing

also British

desensitising

  1. :  to make less sensitive :  reduce sensitivity in <desensitize a nerve with a local anesthetic>: asa:  to make (a sensitized or hypersensitive individual) insensitive or nonreactive to a sensitizing agentb:  to extinguish an emotional response (as of fear, anxiety, or guilt) to stimuli which formerly induced it :  make emotionally insensitive <evidence that violence on television desensitizes children to actual violence—Stephanie Harrington>c:  to decrease a response (as of a cell receptor) progressively following prolonged exposure to a stimulus <formation of cAMP was reduced significantly in desensitized cells and remained low in the continuous presence of agonist—S. M. Nilius et al>

desensitization

also British

desensitisation

\(ˌ)dē-ˌsen-sət-ə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsen-stə-ˈzā-\play noun


Variants of desensitize

also British

desensitise

\(ˈ)dē-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz\play

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