What does the word irritant mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Causing irritation.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Irritation.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Something that causes irritation or excitement.

Usage examples for irritant

  1. When bruised and applied to the skin it has a counter- irritant action which makes it useful in the treatment of rheumatism, but the odor is so disagreeable that it is not worth while to use it for that purpose when we have so many other medicines which produce the same effect without being objectionable. – The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by T. H. Pardo de Tavera
  2. In the other case the irritability and mobility of the primordial plasma increased so that it was placed in a condition to avoid the irritant or make it serviceable by accommodating itself to it. – A Mechanico-Physiological Theory of Organic Evolution by Carl Von Nägeli
  3. If I am to be silent as to Heraclian's defeat, I must give them some other irritant, which will put them in a proper temper to act on that defeat, when they are told of it. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley