sensitization

noun sen·si·ti·za·tion \ ˌsen(t)-sə-tə-ˈzā-shən , ˌsen(t)s-tə-ˈzā- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sensitization

1 :the action or process of sensitizing
2 :the quality or state of being sensitized (as to an antigen)

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First Known Use of sensitization

1857


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sensitization

noun sen·si·ti·za·tion
variants: also British sensitisation play \ˌsen(t)-sət-ə-ˈzā-shən, ˌsen(t)-stə-ˈzā-\

medical Definition of sensitization

1 :the action or process of making sensitive or hypersensitive
  • allergic sensitization of the skin
2 :the process of becoming sensitive or hypersensitive (as to an antigen); also :the resulting state
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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