irritability

noun

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

Examples of irritability in a Sentence

the librarian's well-known irritability makes students hesitant to ask questions
Recent Examples on the Web Being touch-starved can also lead to mood swings, feelings of irritability, sadness or depression. Mark Travers, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Botulism is a disease of the neuromuscular junction that causes irritability, constipation, autonomic disturbances such as high blood pressure and fast heart rate, a weak cry, drooping eyelids, poor feeding, lethargy, weakness, and respiratory difficulties. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 This has necessitated additional security, with cops remaining stationed outside to control the protest crowd, all of which feeds Kristine’s justifiable irritability. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2024 Iron deficiency can lead to slower development and physical symptoms like irritability and slow weight gain.6 Toddlers and young children: Between the ages of 1 and 3, your child needs 7 mg per day, and 10 mg per day between the ages of 4 and 8. Rachel Meltzer Warren, M.s., Parents, 13 Dec. 2023 Anything over that could have adverse effects such as anxiety, irritability, insomnia, high blood pressure, fatigue and an upset stomach. Georgia Day, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2023 This could look like low energy, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and worsening headaches. Ayana Underwood, SELF, 30 Jan. 2024 The sleep disruption can also result in insomnia symptoms, which include difficulty sleeping, not feeling well rested, tiredness and irritability. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 29 Jan. 2024 According to the Cleveland Clinic, an electrolyte imbalance (having too much or too little of certain electrolytes) can cause a variety of problems, ranging in severity from nausea and irritability to confusion and arrhythmia. Macaela MacKenzie, Glamour, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of irritability was in 1755

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“Irritability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritability. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty ˌir-ət-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce irritability (audio)
plural irritabilities
1
: the quality or state of being irritable
especially : readiness to become annoyed or angry
2
: the property of living tissue and living things that permits them to react to stimuli

Medical Definition

irritability

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