Pronunciation: (sen"si-tu-zā'shun), [key]
1. the state or process of being sensitized.
2. Psychol.the process of becoming susceptible to a given stimulus that previously had no effect or significance.
a. a state or condition in which a previously encountered foreign substance triggers an immune reaction.
b. 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.
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