ul·​tra·​sen·​si·​tive ˌəl-trə-ˈsen(t)-sə-tiv How to pronounce ultrasensitive (audio)
: extremely or extraordinarily sensitive
ultrasensitive to criticism
ultrasensitive sensors
ultrasensitive skin
ultrasensitive government documents

Examples of ultrasensitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In advance of their conference presentation, Cromhout and her colleagues did not, however, conduct any ultrasensitive tests to search for the residual presence of HIV in the children’s bodies. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 19 July 2023 There were visible-light cameras, ultrasensitive microphones, spectrum analyzers and other sensors, including a Geiger counter, all of it connected to the cloud, where machine-learning algorithms would scan the data for anything unusual. Seth Fletcher, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Robbery Attempt Surprisingly, a mere tap on the exhaust system activates the ultrasensitive SparkWhiz, setting off its shrill alarm. Katherine Keeler, Car and Driver, 30 July 2023 Its work is ultrasensitive, global in reach, and purportedly available only to US military and government officials with top-secret clearance. Brian MacQuarrie, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2023 The scientists used the ultrasensitive Borexino detector at the INFN’s Gran Sasso particle physics laboratory in central Italy – the largest underground research center in the world, deep beneath the Apennine Mountains, about 65 miles northeast of Rome. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2020 As the British research vessel RRS Shackleton steamed toward Antarctica in 1971, scientist James Lovelock was a familiar presence on deck along with his invention: an ultrasensitive instrument that could detect virtually any trace of pollutants and other environmental toxins. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Conventional Josephson junctions serve as the workhorse of superconducting electronics, found in magnetic devices for monitoring electrical activity in the brain, and ultrasensitive magnetometers. Charlie Wood, Science | AAAS, 19 Nov. 2020 The idea was that the protons and electrons in germanium should emit the spontaneous radiation, which ultrasensitive detectors would pick up. Philip Ball, Quanta Magazine, 20 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ultrasensitive was in 1847

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“Ultrasensitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultrasensitive. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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