desensitize[dē sen′sə tīz′]
transitive verbde·sen·si·tized, de·sen·si·tiz·ing, de·sen·si·tiz·es
- To render insensitive or less sensitive.
- Immunology To make (an individual) nonreactive or insensitive to an antigen.
- To make emotionally insensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure or repeated shocks: “This movie in effect may resensitize people who thought they were desensitized to violence” (Steven Spielberg).
- To make (a photographic film or substance) less sensitive to light.