hypersensitize

verb hy·per·sen·si·tize \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz \
variants: also British hypersensitise

Definition of hypersensitize

hypersensitized; hypersensitizing
: to cause extreme or excessive sensitivity in : to make (something or someone) hypersensitive
  • hypersensitize tumor cells to chemotherapeutic agents
  • … subdued by censorship and hypersensitized by inherited and actual grievances.
  • —Joseph O'Neill
  • Ironically, these painkillers can even end up hypersensitizing people to pain.
  • —Emily Yoffe

hypersensitization

play \ˌhī-pər-ˌsen(t)-sə-tə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsen(t)s-tə-ˈzā-\ also British hypersensitisation noun
    • central nervous system hypersensitization
    • hypersensitization of film for astronomical photography

First Known Use of hypersensitize

1897

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hypersensitize

transitive verb hy·per·sen·si·tize
variants: also British hypersensitise play \-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz\

medical Definition of hypersensitize

hypersensitized also British hypersensitised; hypersensitizing also British hypersensitising
: to make hypersensitive

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