desensitise

/diˈsɛnsətaɪz/ (say dee'sensuhtuyz)

verb (t) (desensitised, desensitising)
1. to lessen the sensitiveness of.
2. Physiology to eliminate the natural or acquired reactivity or sensitivity of (an animal, organ, tissue, etc.) to an external stimulus, as an allergen.
3. Photography to make less sensitive or wholly insensitive to light, as the emulsion on a film.
Also, desensitize. –desensitisation /diˌsɛnsətaɪˈzeɪʃən/ (say dee.sensuhtuy'zayshuhn), noun
desensitiser, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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