• WordNet 3.6
    • n sensitization rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections
    • n sensitization (psychology) the process of becoming highly sensitive to specific events or situations (especially emotional events or situations)
    • n sensitization the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
    • n sensitization The act, process, or result of sensitizing, or rendering sensitive.
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  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
  • P. J. O'Rourke
    “Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.”
  • Alfred Adler
    “Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.”
  • Emily Post
    Emily Post
    “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”


In literature:

He is more keenly sensitive to it than the most sensitive one of us.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
The piano was a world of mystery to the sensitive musical child.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
Color-sensitive plates are therefore less sensitive to light than ordinary plates of the same origin.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 530, February 27, 1886" by Various
Evidently he was sensitive as well as shy.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Am very sensitive, physically and psychically.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
It is always the most sensitive parts of the body which seek to give or to receive caresses.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
It was the aberration of a highly sensitive and very precocious boy.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
His thought was shaped by the superb misery and sensitiveness in Marta's face.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
I refer to their sensitiveness to environment.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Their eyes and ears were less sensitive.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman

In poetry:

Through terror, through distrust;
The greed to touch, to view, to have, to live:
Through all that makes of him a sensitive
Abhorring dust.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
There was light on his swarthy forehead,
As he strode in thought along;
For his sensitive lips were moving
With the tremulous throbbing of song.
"In Selkirk" by Alexander Anderson
Such innocence around her breathed,
And freshness of young nature's play,
The sensitive plant shrank not away,
And cactus' swords were sheathed.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Within my garden stood a statue fair,
Of marble seeming, yet of flesh and bone;
A gentle spirit was incarnate there
Of sensitive and sentimental tone.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Is it the secret of the long-nosed Etruscans?
The long-nosed, sensitive-footed, subtly-smiling
Who made so little noise outside the cypress groves?
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
No wonder that so many hapless ones,
Too sensitive the specter to defy,
Arm, Hamlet-like, against a sea of woes,
And test the truth, that "it is life to die."
"It Is Life To Die" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

You know, it's beginning to occur to me that I'm not sensitive enough.
Is the organization reaching mid-level managers in communicating its desire to be sensitive to, and accommodate, veterans with disabilities HR should train them on working with employees with disabilities and veterans with PTSD and TBI.
Yes, even in an era of sensitivity training and dry Christmas parties, actionable happens.
Following her 2003 debut The Forest for the Trees, 32-year-old German writer-director Maren Ade 's trenchant, funny, and sensitive Everyone Else ( Alle Anderen ) cuts deeper than an Oscar season's worth of emotional turmoil.
In return for less demand on time and space, they are just as sensitive and just as affectionate as any larger pet.
Water mist systems are used as fire protection in buildings with sensitive equipment or materials.
The issue of who performs inherently governmental , critical and sensitive services is tremendously important to the federal acquisition community, the government , Congress and taxpayers.
High winds and waves pushed oil from the massive slick in the Gulf of Mexico ashore in Louisiana, threatening sensitive coastal wildlife and commercial fisheries.
If you are incredibly sensitive about food-related stories, don't read this.
Ellie Goulding adds a sensitive touch to electronic dance music in ' Halcyon '.
Strong performances and nimble direction combine to make this sensitive road film a trip worth taking.
Dennis Jackson said it was over-reaching cultural sensitivity that led to being told his annual Santa appearances must cease at St Peter Head Start classes for young children.
Most motion sensors are designed with only a certain amount of sensitivity in mind.
Iran claims it has images of highly sensitive Israeli military bases.
Characterized as a sensitive, introverted young man, he observed events like the Cuban revolution with fascination.

In science:

While the CC interaction is sensitive exclusively to νe , the ES interaction has a small sensitivity to νµ and ντ .
First Results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
The charged-current (CC) interaction on the deuteron is sensitive exclusively to νe , and the neutral-current (NC) interaction has equal sensitivity to all active neutrino flavours (νx , x=e,µ,τ ).
First Results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Elastic scattering (ES) on the electron is also sensitive to all active flavours, but has enhanced sensitivity to νe .
First Results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Remembering that SNO’s CC measurement is only sensitive to electron neutrinos, whereas Super-Kamiokande’s ES measurement has a weak sensitivity to all active flavours, one can deduce the total 8B solar neutrino flux.
First Results from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
The (b − y ) index is the most sensitive one with respect to temperature changes, and this sensitivity is also strongly influenced by the convection model considered.
New grids of ATLAS9 atmospheres I: Influence of convection treatments on model structure and on observable quantities