ir·​ri·​ta·​tive | \ ˈir-ə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce irritative (audio) \

Definition of irritative

1 : serving to excite : irritating
2 : accompanied with or produced by irritation irritative coughing

Examples of irritative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The short-term risks of breathing in wildfire smoke include irritative symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, burning eyes, runny nose, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Kellie Hwang,, "When is it OK to go outside if it’s smoky in the Bay Area? How to assess your air quality risk," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of irritative

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Sep 2020

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“Irritative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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ir·​ri·​ta·​tive | \ ˈir-ə-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce irritative (audio) \

Medical Definition of irritative

1 : serving to excite : irritating an irritative agent
2 : accompanied with or produced by irritation irritative coughing

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