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Noun: systematic desensitization
  1. A technique used in behaviour therapy to treat phobias and other behaviour problems involving anxiety; client is exposed to the threatening situation under relaxed conditions until the anxiety reaction is extinguished
    - desensitization technique, desensitisation technique [Brit], desensitization procedure, desensitisation procedure [Brit], systematic desensitisation [Brit]

Type of: behavior modification [US], behavior therapy [US], behaviour therapy [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Systematic desensitization