ur·​ti·​cate ˈər-tə-ˌkāt How to pronounce urticate (audio)
urticated; urticating

intransitive verb

: to produce wheals or itching
especially : to induce hives
urtication noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Urticating hairs, bristly and very sharp, cover a tarantula’s abdomen and legs and make the spider very unappetizing for any potential predator. Michael Bogan, National Geographic, 30 Aug. 2016

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Word History


Medieval Latin urticatus, past participle of urticare to sting, from Latin urtica

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of urticate was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Urticate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urticate. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


intransitive verb
ur·​ti·​cate ˈərt-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce urticate (audio)
urticated; urticating
: to produce wheals or itching
especially : to induce hives
urtication noun
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