irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \
plural irritabilities

Definition of irritability

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

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Examples of irritability in a Sentence

the librarian's well-known irritability makes students hesitant to ask questions
Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms include fever, difficulty swallowing, excessive saliva production, seizures, difficulty moving, restlessness, irritability, over-sensitivity to light, sound, and other stimuli and changes in behaviors. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 16 June 2021 In infants younger than six months, RSV symptoms can include irritability, poor feeding, lethargy or apnea — a periodic gasping during sleep — according to the CDC. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 Anxiety: Having difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, restlessness and irritability are signs that anxiety may be taking over your life in an unhealthy way, according to the American Psychological Association. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 3 May 2021 Mejía’s daughter was around 2 months old, the 26-year-old mother’s episodes of anxiety and irritability had darkened into thoughts of suicide. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 One of the most consistent emotions noted in my patients’ pandemic diaries has been irritability. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 While Alzheimer's causes memory loss, the disorder can also lead to a number of other symptoms, including depression, mood swings, irritability and delusions. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 24 June 2021 While not life-threatening, the condition can cause irritability, excess crying, poor feeding and tremors. al, 21 June 2021 In infants younger than six months, there may only be vague symptoms: irritability, feeding less than usual, lethargy, labored breathing, and fever. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of irritability

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Irritability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritability. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for irritability

irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \

Kids Definition of irritability

: the quality of easily becoming angry or annoyed

irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ət-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \
plural irritabilities

Medical Definition of irritability

1 : the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2a : 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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