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

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
resensitization noun
plural resensitizations
resensitization of cell receptors
resensitization to previous chemotherapy

Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resensitize was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Resensitize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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