serving or tending to irritate.
Pathology. characterized or produced by irritation of some body part: an irritative fever.

Origin of irritative

First recorded in 1680–90; irritate + -ive
Related formsir·ri·ta·tive·ness, nounun·ir·ri·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for irritative

Historical Examples of irritative

  • For irritative pain on the surface Aconite is most efficacious.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • Other muscular motions are associated with the irritative ones.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Irritative motions continue, but are not succeeded by sensation.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Constipation, worms, and piles have an irritative influence which is often very seriously felt.

  • The irritative fever which accompanies such a wound had been much aggravated, he said, by bad air and improper dressings.

    The Grateful Indian

    W.H.G. Kingston