Irritant

Definition of Irritant

Ir´ri`tant
a.1.(Scots Law) Rendering null and void; conditionally invalidating.
The states elected Harry, Duke of Anjou, for their king, with this clause irritant; that, if he did violate any part of his oath, the people should owe him no allegiance.
- Hayward.
1.Irritating; producing irritation or inflammation.
n.1.
1.That which irritates or excites.
2.(Physiol. & Med.) Any agent by which irritation is produced; as, a chemical irritant; a mechanical or electrical irritant.
3.(Toxicology) A poison that produces inflammation.
Counter irritant
See under Counter.
Pure irritant
(Toxicology) a poison that produces inflammation without any corrosive action upon the tissues.

Related Words

annoy, annoyance, bother, botheration, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, infliction, irritate, nark, nettle, pain, pain in the ass, pain in the neck, rag, rile, thorn, vex
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