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View synonyms for counterirritant

counterirritant

[ koun-ter-ir-i-tuhnt ]

noun

  1. Medicine/Medical. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures.
  2. any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another.


adjective

  1. Medicine/Medical. of or acting as a counterirritant.

counterirritant

/ ˌkaʊntərˈɪrɪtənt /

noun

  1. an agent that causes a superficial irritation of the skin and thereby relieves inflammation of deep structures


adjective

  1. producing a counterirritation

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Derived Forms

  • ˌcounterˌirriˈtation, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of counterirritant1

First recorded in 1850–55; counter- + irritant

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Example Sentences

Applied externally it is used as a counterirritant in skin diseases.

Apply strong counterirritant to chest and put seton in dewlap.

A product of the oxidation of ethylic alcohol and of the destructive distillation of wood, applied locally as a counterirritant.

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