irritability


ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty

noun \ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\
plural ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ties

Definition of IRRITABILITY

1
:  the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2
:  the quality or state of being irritable: as
a :  quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger :  petulance
b :  abnormal or excessive excitability of an organ or part of the body

Examples of IRRITABILITY

  1. <the librarian's well-known irritability makes students hesitant to ask questions>

First Known Use of IRRITABILITY

1755

ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty

noun \ˌir-ət-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ties

Medical Definition of IRRITABILITY

1
: the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2
a : quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger b : abnormal or excessive excitability of an organ or part of the body (as the stomach or bladder)

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