Origin of irritant
Examples from the Web for irritants
For conservative partisans, Hagel is now the embodiment of all these irritants.Hagel’s Confirmation Hearings Contentious and Partisan|John Avlon|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He shook the offending boot free of the irritants, relaced it and leaned over the bridge rail for a moment.A Son of the City|Herman Gastrell Seely
I at once used friction and irritants, and in an hour and a half the respiration increased.
Still more injurious, if possible, than hot applications are irritants and stimulants after the stage of collapse has set in.
Irritants in feed must be avoided, sprains appropriately treated, and stone in bladder or urethra removed.
Blisters, iodin, and many other irritants are used in a similar way.
British Dictionary definitions for irritants
Word Origin and History for irritants
1630s, from Latin irritantem (nominative irritans), present participle of irritare (see irritate). As a noun, from 1802.