the quality or state of being irritable.
Physiology, Biology. the ability to be excited to a characteristic action or function by the application of some stimulus: Protoplasm displays irritability by responding to heat.
- non·ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty, noun
- su·per·ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty, noun
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How to use irritability in a sentence
Common side effects for both vaccines included sore arms, crying, irritability, sleepiness and fever.Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines are OK’d for the youngest kids | Aimee Cunningham | June 17, 2022 | Science News
Melatonin overdosing is another matter, however, leading to nausea, headaches, diarrhea, irritability, and joint pain.Melatonin Overdoses Among Kids Are Up 530%, New Research Finds | Jeffrey Kluger | June 3, 2022 | Time
To start, all participants rated the level of their menopause symptoms, from their irritability to how bad their hot flashes were.
One of the most consistent emotions noted in my patients’ pandemic diaries has been irritability.The many emotions of motherhood — and how to manage them | Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
A behavioral response might mean regression in sleep or toileting patterns, clinginess or a general irritability.Covid has invaded our kids’ pretend play. Experts say it’s a good thing. | Julia Pelly | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Her irritability became more pronounced and she was fired from her job with a periodontic practice in Hamden.In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis | Michael Daly | October 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Carey may have been occasionally hampered by an irritability that is also common among those with hypomania.In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis | Michael Daly | October 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It revealed the irritability of a man accustomed to being in control who's watching his plans fall apart in public.John Avlon: Mitt Romney’s Campaign Is Becoming a Sinking Ship | John Avlon | December 1, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Less outdoor and active play time as the weather gets colder leads to an increase in irritability or anxiety in all children.
Signs included muscular aches and pains, headaches, inability to relax, and irritability.
Gray lost much of his irritability and began to talk coherently upon topics of general interest.Dope | Sax Rohmer
She has always been a delicate woman, suffering from headaches, general irritability, and nervousness.A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy | Alexander Hughes Bennett
However, I stick to my intentions, and hammer pianoforte passages out of my brain: the result is nervous irritability.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Besides the irritability, impulsiveness is an equally characteristic feature.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
In flatulent and spasmodic affections of the bowels, and in gastric irritability.