[ ur-ti-keyt ]
/ ˈɜr tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.

to sting with or as if with nettles.
to whip with or as if with nettles, especially so as to produce a stinging sensation; flog; lash.

verb (used without object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.

to sting in the manner of a nettle.

Origin of urticate

1835–45; < Medieval Latin urtīcātus (past participle of urtīcāre to sting), equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for urticate


/ (ˈɜːtɪˌkeɪt) /


Also: urticant (ˈɜːtɪkənt) characterized by the presence of weals


to perform urtication

Word Origin for urticate

C19: from Medieval Latin urtīcāre to sting, from Latin urtīca a nettle
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Medicine definitions for urticate


[ ûrtĭ-kāt′ ]


To undergo urtication.


Characterized by the presence of urticaria.
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