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counterirritant

[koun-ter-ir-i-tuh nt]
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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.
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adjective
  1. Medicine/Medical. of or acting as a counterirritant.
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Origin of counterirritant

First recorded in 1850–55; counter- + irritant
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Examples from the Web for counterirritant

Historical Examples

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

    Birds and Nature Vol. 9 No. 3 [March 1901]

    Various

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


British Dictionary definitions for counterirritant

counterirritant

noun
  1. an agent that causes a superficial irritation of the skin and thereby relieves inflammation of deep structures
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adjective
  1. producing a counterirritation
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Derived Formscounterirritation, noun
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counterirritant in Medicine

counterirritant

(koun′tər-îrĭ-tənt)
n.
  1. An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
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adj.
  1. Relating to or producing counterirritation.
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