Meaning of desensitization

de•sen•si•ti•za•tion

Pronunciation: (dē-sen"si-tu-zā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of desensitizing.
  2. the elimination or reduction of natural or acquired reactivity or sensitivity to an external stimulus, as an allergen.
  3. 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.
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