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Medical Term:

sensitization

Pronunciation: sen'si-ti-za'shun

Definition:

  1. Immunization, especially with reference to antigens (immunogens) not associated with infection; the induction of acquired sensitivity or of allergy.
  2. In substance use/abuse parlance, the increased response seen to subsequent administration of the substance.
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