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To render sensitive; to induce acquired sensitivity, to immunize.
See also: sensitized antigen.
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v. sensi·tized, sensi·tizing, sensi·tizes
To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by a second or repeated exposure.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.

sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
sen′si·tiz′er n.
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To render sensitive; to induce acquired sensitivity, to immunize.
See also: sensitized antigen
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Patient discussion about sensitize

Q. I had cataract surgery with iol implant, and ever since I have awful light sensitivity. Any ideas? I can't go into a "super store" without my sunglasses. My eyes ache at the end of the day. My doctor says "I don't know!"

A. May sound a bit silly question, but have you tried to consult your ophthalmologist (eye doctor, e.g. the one that performed the operation) about it? Cataract surgery, although considered very successful, isn't problem-free. Primary physician may not have the necessary specialization to deal with these subjects.

Q. I heard that patients are highly sensitive to their senses? what are the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia and can they be aggravated? I heard that patients are highly sensitive to their senses?

A. Great answeer...couldn't agree more!

Q. when my aunt went through chemo (for colon cancer) her palms became VERY sensitive and had a burning feeling is there any way to prevent this from happening to my mom who is starting her chemo now? If not, what it the best treatment for it?

A. What you describe sounds like peripheral neuropathy, a well known side effect of platinum chemotherapy which is used for colon cancer. Several measures, including giving infusion of calcium and magnesium, and glutathione were found to reduce the rate of this complication, although further studies are necessary.

However, the information is only general advice, since I haven't examined your mother so if you have any questions about this subject, it may be wise to consult a doctor (e.g. oncologist).

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Furthermore, the insulin sensitiser had indicated a safety profile in the phase 2b study that was on par with that observed in previous clinical trials.
Donor-[pi]-bridge-acceptor (D-[pi]-A) sensitisers, endowed with such groups, recently reached open-circuit voltage ([V.sub.oc]) values exceeding 0.8 V when used with Co(II/III)tris (bipyridyl) redox electrolytes.
Maiti, "A wet-chemical process to form palladium oxide sensitiser layer on thin film zinc oxide based LPG sensor," Sensors and Actuators B, vol.
While they all acknowledge the role of sensitiser for this year, the coalition of NGOs criticise the fact that it was limited to institutional levels.
Intensive care medicine is addressed by chapters on transoesophageal echocardiography, the new calcium sensitiser levosimendan, critical care outside the intensive care unit and critical care problems in biological disasters.
In Germany, however, 1.3 million adults could be sensitive to p-Phenylenediamine (PPD), an extremely powerful skin sensitiser used widely in hair dyes.
Its main derivative, PABA, is a common and potent sensitiser. (8) Type IV hypersensitivity (Gell and Coombs classification), e.g.
It was reported yesterday that the contract has been signed to develop, manufacture and commercialise the company's lead compound, MLR-1023, a first-in-class insulin sensitiser for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Lei et al., "Enhanced luminescence of europium-doped layered double hydroxides intercalated by sensitiser anions," Chemical Communications, vol.
The contractile apparatus as a target for drugs against heart failure: interaction of levosimendan, a calcium sensitiser, with cardiac troponin c.