sensitizer, n.
/sen"si tuyz'/, v., sensitized, sensitizing.
1. to render sensitive.
2. Photog. to render (a film or the like) sensitive to light or other forms of radiant energy.
3. Immunol. to render sensitive to an antigenic substance.
4. to become sensitized.
Also, esp. Brit., sensitise.
[1855-60; SENSIT(IVE) + -IZE]

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