hypersensitize

verb
hy·​per·​sen·​si·​tize | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz How to pronounce hypersensitize (audio) \
variants: also British hypersensitise
hypersensitized; hypersensitizing

Definition of hypersensitize

transitive verb

: 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

Other Words from hypersensitize

hypersensitization \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce hypersensitize (audio) , -​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, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypersensitize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypersensitize. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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hypersensitize

transitive verb
hy·​per·​sen·​si·​tize
variants: also British hypersensitise \ -​ˈsen(t)-​sə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce hypersensitize (audio) \
hypersensitized also British hypersensitised; hypersensitizing also British hypersensitising

Medical Definition of hypersensitize

: to make hypersensitive

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