Definition of Desensitize

1. Verb. Cause not to be sensitive. "The photographic plate was desensitized"

Exact synonyms: Desensitise
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Benumb, Blunt, Dull, Numb, Bedaze, Daze, Stun, Besot, Stupefy, Deaf, Deafen
Derivative terms: Desensitisation, Desensitization
Antonyms: Sensitise, Sensitize



2. Verb. Make insensitive. "His military training desensitized him"
Exact synonyms: Desensitise
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Desensitisation, Desensitization
Antonyms: Sensitize

Definition of Desensitize

1. Verb. to cause to become less sensitive or insensitive ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Desensitize

1. [v -TIZED, -TIZING, -TIZES]

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Literary usage of Desensitize

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Preventive Medicine by Bernard Fantus, William Augustus Evans, G. Koehler (1917)
"Treatment with one protein desensitizes against all closely related proteins, . . . but treatment with a protein does not desensitize against other proteins ..."

2. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1921)
"... fed with ground whole wheat in capsules of gradually increasing doses, with the hope that we may be able to desensitize them to this very common food. ..."

3. The Principles of Therapeutics by Oliver Thomas Osborne (1921)
"To desensitize a patient to a protein poison hypodermics of the substance may be given. This method is satisfactory in desensitizing to pollen; ..."

4. Home study course in osteopathy by Columbia College of Osteopathy (1902)
"You will see at once that a pressure on these nerves will desensitize them and shut off the current until Nature has time to adjust her air brakes. ..."

5. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"Conversely, anaesthetics desensitize the tissues of Arenicola larvae to both the stimulating and the toxic action of pure isotonic NaCl solutions. ..."

6. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1916)
"... given subcutaneously, which suffices completely to desensitize the control animals. At the same time their circulating antibodies are satd. to such an ..."

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