Meaning of IRRITANT in English

— irritancy , n.

/ir"i tnt/ , adj.

1. tending to cause irritation; irritating.


2. anything that irritates.

3. Physiol. , Pathol. a biological, chemical, or physical agent that stimulates a characteristic function or elicits a response, esp. an inflammatory response.

[ 1630-40; irritant- (s. of irritans ), prp. of irritare to IRRITATE; see -ANT ]

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