irritant

adjective
ir·​ri·​tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt How to pronounce irritant (audio) \

Definition of irritant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing irritation specifically : tending to produce physical irritation

irritant

noun

Definition of irritant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that irritates or excites

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Examples of irritant in a Sentence

Noun

dust and other lung irritants The delay was a minor irritant.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Another type of common allergic reaction or skin sensitivity that appears on the skin is known as irritant contact dermatitis. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Honest Company is another brand that makes detergent that's made without common irritants like synthetic fragrance and chemicals. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Laundry Detergent Is Messing With Your Skin," 15 June 2019 Other directors have raised questions about BART’s tanking approval rating and its ability to manage irritants like drug use and panhandling. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Crusade for riders or risky gambit? BART director pushes to delay fare increase," 4 June 2019 Evacuation orders were lifted two hours later, and local businesses were allowed to reopen, although officials said a slight irritant smell may linger for the rest of the day. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Simi Valley chemical fire spews black smoke, forces evacuations and sheltering order," 25 June 2019 Most people experience at most a passing bout of coldlike symptoms from these irritants, but about 12 percent of the population has a severe reaction that persists all year and results in uncomfortable polyps or growths. Quanta Magazine, "Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries," 12 Nov. 2018 Ward’s Barb, who knows just enough about the family to be an irritant but not enough to stay out of their business, shows up at inopportune moments bearing unnecessary drinks for Peggy. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'Four Places' at Den Theatre: As their parents age, old secrets break their silences," 11 June 2019 Try a soothing formula that doesn’t contain any harsh irritants, like Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser. Baze Mpinja, Marie Claire, "Have Sensitive Skin? Do These 4 Things Before Bed," 8 Mar. 2019 The most common triggers are pathogens (like the common cold and flu viruses), allergens (like pollen or cat dander), and irritants, which can be chemical (like perfume) or physical (like dust), Dr. Voigt says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019 Ruling regimes require some kind of irritant, a grain of sand in the oyster, to reactivate their latent powers, to exercise their atrophied muscles, to make their pearls. Henry Farrell, Washington Post, "Trump is a typical conservative. That says a lot about the conservative tradition.," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of irritant

Adjective

1636, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritant was in 1636

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irritant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of irritant

: something that makes part of your body sore and painful
: something that is unpleasant or annoying : something that irritates you

irritant

noun
ir·​ri·​tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt How to pronounce irritant (audio) \

Kids Definition of irritant

1 : something that is annoying
2 : something that causes soreness or sensitivity

irritant

adjective
ir·​ri·​tant | \ ˈir-ə-tənt How to pronounce irritant (audio) \

Medical Definition of irritant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing irritation specifically : tending to produce inflammation

irritant

noun

Medical Definition of irritant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that irritates or excites specifically : an agent by which irritation is produced a chemical irritant

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