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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

desensitization

/de·sen·si·ti·za·tion/ (de-sen″sĭ-tĭ-za´shun)
1. the prevention or reduction of immediate hypersensitivity reactions by administration of graded doses of allergen.
2. treatment of phobias and related disorders by intentionally exposing the patient, in imagination or in real life, to a hierarchy of emotionally distressing stimuli.

desensitization

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

desensitization,

n removing or neutralizing the allergenic propensity by introducing the patient to serially increasing doses of the offensive material. This allows the immune system to endure the allergen without an allergic response. Used in conventional medicine, and a parallel procedure is used in some homeopathic therapies, such as isopathy. See also isopathy.

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.

desensitization

the prevention or reduction of immediate hypersensitivity reactions mediated by IgE by the administration of graded doses of allergen; hyposensitization. See also immunotherapy.

extinction desensitization