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Pronunciation: de-sen'si-tiz


  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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