- 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.
Origin of counterirritant
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Examples from the Web for counterirritant
Applied externally it is used as a counterirritant in skin diseases.
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
- an agent that causes a superficial irritation of the skin and thereby relieves inflammation of deep structures
- producing a counterirritation
- An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
- Relating to or producing counterirritation.
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