[ koun-ter-ir-i-tuh nt ]
/ ˌkaʊn tərˈɪr ɪ tənt /
Medicine/Medical. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures.
any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another.
Medicine/Medical. of or acting as a counterirritant.
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Examples from the Web for counterirritant
A product of the oxidation of ethylic alcohol and of the destructive distillation of wood, applied locally as a counterirritant.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
Applied externally it is used as a counterirritant in skin diseases.
British Dictionary definitions for counterirritant
/ (ˌkaʊntərˈɪrɪtənt) /
an agent that causes a superficial irritation of the skin and thereby relieves inflammation of deep structures
producing a counterirritation
Derived Formscounterirritation, noun
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Medicine definitions for counterirritant
[ koun′tər-îr′ĭ-tənt ]
An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
Relating to or producing counterirritation.
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