re·​sen·​si·​tize | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz How to pronounce resensitize (audio) \
variants: or re-sensitize
resensitized or re-sensitized; resensitizing or re-sensitizing

Definition of resensitize

transitive verb

: to make (someone or something) sensitive to something (such as a drug, allergen, or stimulus) again or anew The receptors may then be returned to the membrane in a process that resensitizes the cell to opioid binding.— Edward W. Boyer I can't really tell if the repeated images desensitize me or re-sensitize me to violence—probably both, one after the other, every time the pictures go by.— Geoff Nunberg

Other Words from resensitize

resensitization \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce resensitization (audio) , -​ˌsen(t)s-​tə-​ˈzā-​ \ noun, plural resensitizations
resensitization of cell receptors resensitization to previous chemotherapy

First Known Use of resensitize

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Resensitize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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