desensitize definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To make insensitive or less sensitive and painful.
    • Immunology to create (someone) nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.
    • In Order To Make emotionally insensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure or repeated bumps: "This movie in effect may resensitize individuals who thought these were desensitized to physical violenceā€ ( Steven Spielberg).
    • to produce (a photographic film or material) less sensitive to light.
    • to rendered insensitive or less painful and sensitive. Opposite of sensitize.
  • verb:
    • to cause to be less sensitive and painful or insensitive
    • make insensitive
    • cause not to be sensitive

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