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sensitive

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adjective sen·si·tive \ˈsen(t)-sət-iv, ˈsen(t)-stiv\

Medical Definition of sensitive

  1. 1:  sensory 2 <sensitive nerves>

  2. 2a:  receptive to sense impressionsb:  capable of being stimulated or excited by external agents (as light, gravity, or contact) <a photographic emulsion sensitive to red light> <sensitive protoplasm>

  3. 3:  highly responsive or susceptible: asa:  easily hurt or damaged <sensitive skin>; especially :  easily hurt emotionallyb:  excessively or abnormally susceptible :  hypersensitive <sensitive to egg protein>c:  capable of indicating minute differences <sensitive scales>d:  readily affected or changed by various agents (as light or mechanical shock) <a sensitive colloid>

  4. sen·si·tive·ness noun





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