irritation

noun
ir·ri·ta·tion | \ ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of irritation 

1a : the act of irritating

b : something that irritates

c : the state of being irritated

2 : a condition of irritability, soreness, roughness, or inflammation of a bodily part

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Examples of irritation in a Sentence

Dad's general irritation at the incessant complaining coming from the back seat of the car.

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The Tigers brought up lefty Daniel Stumpf, who had been on the DL with a ulnar nerve irritation. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways: How adding Jim Adduci impacts James McCann," 3 July 2018 And use brushes on devices like Clarisonics with caution, and only after ensuring your skin doesn’t react with irritation. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "11 Things Dermatologists Want You to Know About Sensitive Skin," 16 May 2018 However, Green had thought about playing Myers at first even a few weeks ago in Houston before Myers was placed on the disabled list due to nerve irritation in his arm. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wil Myers back at first in Eric Hosmer's absence," 25 Apr. 2018 But that ringworm scare had come after a few months of persistent skin irritation. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "So You Want to Get Your Dog on a Raw-Foot Diet," 24 Apr. 2018 These kinds of perforations allow more air to pass through to the skin, reducing the possibility of skin irritation during long periods of use. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "The Ionic Adidas Edition is Fitbit’s answer to the Apple Watch Nike+," 27 Feb. 2018 Beckley figured out this gruesome reality after days of constant irritation. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Woman Infected by Parasitic Cattle Eye Worm," 14 Feb. 2018 Because professionals typically use more potent lightening products that deliver faster results than DIY options, according to Svendsen, exposure to professional-grade products could increase your chance of post-treatment irritation, Zeichner says. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Anal Bleaching," 6 Feb. 2018 If your skin stings immediately after applying sunscreen, that's a sign of irritation; allergies show up in a day or so. Susan Ince, Good Housekeeping, "5 Sunscreen Myths You Should Stop Believing," 5 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of irritation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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irritation

noun
ir·ri·ta·tion | \ ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of irritation

1 : the act of making annoyed or sore and sensitive : the state of being annoyed or sore and sensitive irritation of the skin

irritation

noun
ir·ri·ta·tion | \ ˌir-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Medical Definition of irritation 

1a : the act of irritating

b : something that irritates

c : the state of being irritated

2 : a condition of irritability, soreness, roughness, or inflammation of a bodily part

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