Definition of Sensitization

1. Noun. The state of being sensitive (as to an antigen).

Exact synonyms: Sensitisation
Specialized synonyms: Irritation
Generic synonyms: Predisposition, Sensitivity
Derivative terms: Sensitise

2. Noun. (psychology) the process of becoming highly sensitive to specific events or situations (especially emotional events or situations).
Exact synonyms: Sensitisation
Generic synonyms: Physical Process, Process
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Derivative terms: Sensitize

3. Noun. Rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections.
Exact synonyms: Sensitisation, Sensitising, Sensitizing
Generic synonyms: Immunisation, Immunization
Derivative terms: Sensitise, Sensitize

Definition of Sensitization

1. Noun. The process of making something sensitive. ¹

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Definition of Sensitization

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Medical Definition of Sensitization

1. Immunization, especially with reference to antigens (immunogens) not associated with infection; the induction of acquired sensitivity or of allergy. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sensitization

sensitive fern
sensitive pea
sensitive plant
sensitive species
sensitivity and specificity
sensitivity training group
sensitivity training groups
sensitizing dose
sensitizing injection
sensitizing substance

Literary usage of Sensitization

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

1. The Medical Clinics of North America by Richard J. Havel, K. Patrick Ober (1917)
"Brief Resume of Other Conditions of Sensitization. June 4th, 1917. ... Active Sensitization.—If we inject an animal with a small amount of some form of ..."

2. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1914)
"(c) Protein Sensitization or Anaphylaxis/—The term ana- phylaxis (Gr., against protection) is applied to a state of sensitiza- tion or excessive ..."

3. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1914)
"In the \ ^v sensitization of guinea-pigs against horse serum, this period, as a 'fv rule, ... II Sensitization may be effected by very small quantities; ..."

4. Molecular Neurobiology: Proceedings of the 2nd NIMH Conference by Steven Zalcman (1995)
"Our studies of a simple withdrawal reflex in Aplysia have shown that a component of both short-term and long-term memory for sensitization, an elementary ..."

5. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1916)
"(c) Protein Sensitization or Anaphylaxis.*—The term ana- phylaxis (Gr., ... In the sensitization of guinea-pigs against horse serum, this period, as a rule, ..."

6. Epidemiology and public health: a text and reference book for physicians by Victor Clarence Vaughan (1922)
"In bad colds the sensitization is local. The individual free from ... The sensitization is local. It is also stated that bad colds cannot be due to protein ..."

7. Diet in Health and Disease by Julius Friedenwald, John Ruhräh (1907)
"X.—Sensitization. Hitherto the phenomena described have had to do with a variable ... This is brought about by a process of sensitization. A.—SINGLE CELLS. ..."

8. Infection and Resistance: An Exposition of the Biological Phenomena by Hans Zinsser, Stewart Woodford Young (1914)
"Passive sensitization is carried by the blood serum purely, since, ... Passive sensitization, once established, may persist for as long as 3 or 4 weeks, ..."

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