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.

Nearby words

  1. urticaria endemica,
  2. urticaria medicamentosa,
  3. urticaria pigmentosa,
  4. urticarial,
  5. urticarial fever,
  6. urtication,
  7. uru.,
  8. uruapan,
  9. urubamba,
  10. uruguaiana

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 urticating



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 urticating




To undergo urtication.


Characterized by the presence of urticaria.

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