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irritant

adjective ir·ri·tant \ ˈir-ə-tənt \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of irritant

: causing irritation; specifically : tending to produce physical irritation

First Known Use of irritant

1636

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irritant

noun

Definition of irritant

: something that irritates or excites

Examples of irritant in a Sentence

  1. dust and other lung irritants

  2. The delay was a minor irritant.

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First Known Use of irritant

1802

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IRRITANT Defined for English Language Learners

irritant

Definition of irritant for English Language Learners

  • : something that makes part of your body sore and painful

  • : something that is unpleasant or annoying : something that irritates you


IRRITANT Defined for Kids

irritant

noun ir·ri·tant \ ˈir-ə-tənt \

Definition of irritant for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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irritant

adjective ir·ri·tant \ ˈir-ə-tənt \

medical Definition of irritant

: causing irritation; specifically : tending to produce inflammation

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irritant

noun

medical Definition of irritant

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


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