- 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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Related Words for counterirritantbalm, lotion, medication, help, unction, liniment, unguent, remedy, cure, aid, dressing, medicine, lubricant, cream, cerate, counterirritant
Examples from the Web for counterirritant
Historical Examples of 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
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- An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
- Relating to or producing counterirritation.
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