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desensitize

 [de-sen´sĭ-tīz]
1. to deprive of sensation.
2. to subject to desensitization.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

de·sen·si·tize

(dē-sen'si-tīz),
1. To reduce or remove any form of sensitivity.
2. To effect desensitization (1).
3. In dentistry, to eliminate or subdue the painful response of exposed, vital dentin to irritative agents or thermal changes.
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desensitize

(dē-sĕn′sĭ-tīz′)
tr.v. desensi·tized, desensi·tizing, desensi·tizes
Immunology To make (an individual) nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.

de·sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
de·sen′si·tiz′er n.
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de·sen·si·tize

(dē-sen'si-tīz)
1. To reduce or remove any form of sensitivity.
2. To effect desensitization (1).
3. dentistry To eliminate or subdue the painful response of exposed, vital dentin to irritative agents or thermal changes.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

de·sen·si·tize

(dē-sen'si-tīz)
In dentistry, to eliminate or subdue the painful response of exposed, vital dentin to irritative agents or thermal changes.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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