photosensitization

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

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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Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of constituent that can cause photosensitization of the skin. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED] Woman Claims She Received Horrific Burns After Using Essential Oils," 28 Apr. 2017 Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of constituent that can cause photosensitization of the skin. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED] Woman Claims She Received Horrific Burns After Using Essential Oils," 28 Apr. 2017

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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- \

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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