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desensitization

 [de-sen″sĭ-tĭ-za´shun]
1. the prevention or reduction of immediate hypersensitivity by administration of graded doses of allergen; see also immunotherapy. Called also hyposensitization.
2. in behavior therapy, the treatment of phobias and related disorders by intentionally exposing the patient, in imagination or in real life, to a hierarchy of emotionally distressing stimuli.

de·sen·si·tiz·a·tion

(dē-sen'si-ti-zā'shŭn),
1. The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to the specific antigen (allergen). Synonym(s): antianaphylaxis
2. The act of removing an emotional complex.
Synonym(s): hyposensitization

de·sen·si·tiz·a·tion

(dē-sen'si-tī-zā'shŭn)
1. The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to the specific antigen (allergen).
Synonym(s): antianaphylaxis, desensitisation.
2. The act of removing an emotional complex.

desensitization

1. A method of treating allergy by injecting very small, but gradually increasing, doses of the substance to which the affected person is allergic.
2. A form of BEHAVIOUR THERAPY.

Desensitization

A treatment for phobias which involves exposing the phobic person to the feared situation. It is often used in conjunction with relaxation techniques.
Mentioned in: Agoraphobia, Neuralgia

de·sen·si·tiz·a·tion

(dē-sen'si-tī-zā'shŭn)
1. The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to the specific antigen (allergen).
Synonym(s): desensitisation.
2. The act of removing an emotional complex.