desensitization: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dē-sen"si-tu-zā'shun), [key]
- the act or process of desensitizing.
- the elimination or reduction of natural or acquired reactivity or sensitivity to an external stimulus, as an allergen.
- a behavior modification technique, used esp. in treating phobias, in which panic or other undesirable emotional response to a given stimulus is reduced or extinguished, esp. by repeated exposure to that stimulus.
- desensitization (Thesaurus)