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sensitization

noun sen·si·ti·za·tion

Medical Definition of sensitization

  1. 1:  the action or process of making sensitive or hypersensitive <allergic sensitization of the skin>

  2. 2:  the process of becoming sensitive or hypersensitive (as to an antigen); also :  the resulting state

  3. 3:  a form of nonassociative learning characterized by an increase in responsiveness upon repeated exposure to a stimulus—compare habituation 3



Variants of sensitization

also British sen·si·ti·sa·tion \ˌsen(t)-sət-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌsen(t)-stə-ˈzā-\play

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