photosensitization

noun
pho·​to·​sen·​si·​ti·​za·​tion | \ ˌfō-tō-ˌsen(t)-s(ə-)tə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce photosensitization (audio) \

Definition of photosensitization

1 : the process of photosensitizing
2 : the condition of being photosensitized especially : the development of an abnormal capacity to react to sunlight typically by edematous swelling and dermatitis

Examples of photosensitization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of constituent that can cause photosensitization of the skin. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2017 Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of constituent that can cause photosensitization of the skin. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of photosensitization

circa 1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of photosensitization was circa 1923

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“Photosensitization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photosensitization. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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photosensitization

noun
pho·​to·​sen·​si·​ti·​za·​tion
variants: also British photosensitisation \ -​ˌsen(t)-​sət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌsen(t)-​stə-​ˈzā-​ How to pronounce photosensitization (audio) \

Medical Definition of photosensitization

1 : the process of photosensitizing
2 : the condition of being photosensitized especially : the development of an abnormal capacity to react to sunlight typically by edematous swelling and dermatitis

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