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counterirritant

[koun-ter-ir-i-tuh nt] /ˌkaʊn tərˈɪr ɪ tənt/
noun
1.
Medicine/Medical. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures.
2.
any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another.
adjective
3.
Medicine/Medical. of or acting as a counterirritant.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; counter- + irritant
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British Dictionary definitions for counterirritant

counterirritant

/ˌkaʊntərˈɪrɪtənt/
noun
1.
an agent that causes a superficial irritation of the skin and thereby relieves inflammation of deep structures
adjective
2.
producing a counterirritation
Derived Forms
counterirritation, noun
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counterirritant in Medicine

counterirritant coun·ter·ir·ri·tant (koun'tər-ǐr'ĭ-tənt)
n.
An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues. adj.
Relating to or producing counterirritation.

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