- Irritation or mild inflammation produced to relieve inflammation of underlying or adjacent tissues.
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Examples from the Web for counterirritation
Following this when conditions improve, as in the handling of all similar cases, counterirritation is indicated.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
Blisters are applied to the skin for the purpose of obtaining the effect of counterirritation upon a neighboring region or organ.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture