photosensitize

verb

pho·​to·​sen·​si·​tize ˌfō-tō-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz How to pronounce photosensitize (audio)
photosensitized; photosensitizing; photosensitizes

transitive verb

: to sensitize to the influence of radiant energy and especially light
photosensitizer noun

Examples of photosensitize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its sap contains toxic chemicals known as photosensitizing furanocoumarins. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 18 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photosensitize was circa 1923

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“Photosensitize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photosensitize. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

photosensitize

transitive verb
pho·​to·​sen·​si·​tize -ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz How to pronounce photosensitize (audio)
variants also British photosensitise
photosensitized also British photosensitised; photosensitizing also British photosensitising
: to make sensitive to the influence of radiant energy and especially light
photosensitizer noun
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