irritation

[ ir-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈteɪ ʃən /

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.

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Origin of irritation

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH irritation

aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation , worsening
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British Dictionary definitions for irritation

irritation
/ (ˌɪrɪˈteɪʃən) /

noun

something that irritates
the act of irritating or the condition of being irritated

Derived forms of irritation

irritative, adjective
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Medical 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.

Other words from irritation

irri•ta′tive (-tātĭv) adj.
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