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[sen-si-tuh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɛn sɪ təˈzeɪ ʃən/
the state or process of being sensitized.
Psychology. the process of becoming susceptible to a given stimulus that previously had no effect or significance.

a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
an immunologic state or condition that is evidenced by the acquired ability of a cell or individual to detect the presence of a foreign substance upon reexposure to the substance and to react immunologically.

sensitization sen·si·ti·za·tion (sěn’sĭ-tĭ-zā’shən)
The act or process of inducing an acquired sensitivity or allergy.


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