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Pronunciation: sen'si-tiv'i-te


  1. The ability to appreciate by one or more of the senses.
  2. State of being sensitive.
  3. In clinical pathology and medical screening, the proportion of affected patients who give a positive test result for the disease that the test is intended to reveal, true-positive results divided by total true-positive and false-negative results, usually expressed as a percentage.

Synonym(s): esthesia2

[L. sentio, pp. sensus, to feel]

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