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Dictionary Definition

sensitivity

Noun

1 (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; "sensitivity to pain" [syn: sensitiveness, sensibility]
2 the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences; "a galvanometer of extreme sensitivity"
3 sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others) [syn: sensitiveness]
4 susceptibility to a pathogen [syn: predisposition]
5 the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment [syn: sensitiveness] [ant: insensitivity, insensitivity]

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English

Noun

sensitivity
  1. the quality of being sensitive
  2. the ability of an organism or organ to respond to external stimuli
  3. the proportion of individuals in a population that will be correctly identified in a binary test
  4. the degree of response of an instrument to a change in an input signal
  5. the degree of response of a film etc. to light of a specified wavelength

Translations

the quality of being sensitive
the ability of an organism or organ to respond to external stimuli
the proportion of individuals in a population that will be correctly identified in a binary test
the degree of response of an instrument to a change in an input signal
the degree of response of a film etc. to light of a specified wavelength
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Extensive Definition

Sensitivity may refer to:
sensitivity in German: Empfindlichkeit
sensitivity in French: Sensibilité
sensitivity in Simple English: Sensitivity

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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