resensitize

verb re·sen·si·tize \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz \
variants: or re-sensitize
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of resensitize

resensitized or re-sensitized; resensitizing or re-sensitizing
: 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

resensitization

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

First Known Use of resensitize

1860

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