photosensitizer

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photosensitizer

[¦fōd·ō′sen·sə‚tīz·ər]
(physical chemistry)
A light-absorbing substance that initiates a photochemical or photophysical reaction in another substance (molecule), and is not consumed in the reaction.
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Transient photosensitivity is the most hindering complication, although newer photosensitizing agents are shortening its duration.
Special care should be exercised in treating patients who are receiving concomitant therapy (either topically or systemically) with known photosensitizing agents.
Diagnostic applications of "phototesting" utilize local light applications that assist in detecting photosensitizing agents.
However, cold-pressed lime oil contains compounds that can act as photosensitizing agents which can cause accelerated burning and skin damage due to the skin's increased sensitivity to UV light.
In our initial work, the photophysical and photochemical characteristics of the photosensitizing agents protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and Verteporfin were investigated as a function of TPE (3, 4).