irritation

[ir-i-tey-shuh n]

noun

the act of irritating or the state of being irritated.
something that irritates.
Physiology, Pathology.
  1. the bringing of a bodily part or organ to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
  2. the condition itself.

Nearby words

  1. irritant,
  2. irritate,
  3. irritated,
  4. irritatedly,
  5. irritating,
  6. irritation fibroma,
  7. irritative,
  8. irrorate,
  9. irrotational,
  10. irrupt

Origin of irritation

First recorded in 1580–90, irritation is from the Latin word irrītātiōn- (stem of irrītātiō). See irritate, -ion

Can be confusedaggravation annoyance intensification irritation worsening

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British Dictionary definitions for irritation

irritation

noun

something that irritates
the act of irritating or the condition of being irritated
Derived Formsirritative, adjective

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Word Origin and History for irritation

irritation

n.

early 15c., in reference to sores and morbid swelling, from Middle French irritation or directly from Latin irritationem (nominative irritatio) "incitement, irritation," noun of action from past participle stem of irritare (see irritate).

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Medicine definitions for irritation

irritation

[ĭr′ĭ-tāshən]

n.

Extreme incipient inflammatory reaction of the body tissues to an injury.
The normal response of a nerve or muscle to a stimulus.
The evocation of a reaction in the body tissues by the application of a stimulus.
Related formsirri•ta′tive (-tātĭv) adj.


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