sensitization

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noun sen·si·ti·za·tion \ˌsen(t)-sə-tə-ˈzā-shən, ˌsen(t)s-tə-ˈzā-\

Definition of sensitization

  1. 1 :  the action or process of sensitizing

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being sensitized (as to an antigen)

First Known Use of sensitization

1887


Medical Dictionary

sensitization

noun sen·si·ti·za·tion
variants: also British

sensitisation

\ˌsen(t)-sət-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌsen(t)-stə-ˈzā-\play

Medical Definition of sensitization

  1. 1:  the action or process of making sensitive or hypersensitive allergic sensitization of the skin

  2. 2:  the process of becoming sensitive or hypersensitive (as to an antigen); also :  the resulting state

  3. 3:  a form of nonassociative learning characterized by an increase in responsiveness upon repeated exposure to a stimulus—compare habituation 3

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