[ ir-i-tnt ]
/ ˈɪr ɪ tnt /
anything that irritates.
Physiology, Pathology. a biological, chemical, or physical agent that stimulates a characteristic function or elicits a response, especially an inflammatory response.
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Origin of irritant
OTHER WORDS FROM irritantir·ri·tan·cy, nounnon·ir·ri·tan·cy, nounnon·ir·ri·tant, adjectiveun·ir·ri·tant, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for irritancy
/ (ˈɪrɪtənt) /
causing irritation; irritating
Derived forms of irritantirritancy, noun
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Medical definitions for irritancy
[ ĭr′ĭ-tənt ]
Causing irritation, especially physical irritation.
A source of irritation.
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