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[ir-i-tuh-bil-i-tee] /ˌɪr ɪ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural irritabilities.
the quality or state of being irritable.
Physiology, Biology. the ability to be excited to a characteristic action or function by the application of some stimulus:
Protoplasm displays irritability by responding to heat.
Origin of irritability
1745-55; < Latin irrītābilitās. See irritable, -ity
Related forms
nonirritability, noun
superirritability, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for irritability
  • It leads to irritability, irrationality, and irascibility.
  • Sleeping difficulties, irritability, and anger were also common.
  • Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and irritability, can also be present.
  • Even as long as the body retained its irritability, a tendency to this habitual movement was evident.
  • They scored all the children for depressive symptoms such as irritability, crying and reluctance to see friends.
  • Past studies have shown that exerting self-control may increase irritability and anger.
  • Most common side effect is flatulence and political irritability.
  • The activity index was expected to reflect positive characteristics, but it appears to have implied overactivity and irritability.
  • But then bad manners and irritability are a cheap and easy response that people can throw out without any thought.
  • We suffer from lapses in attention, irritability and poor judgment, often without realising it.
Word Origin and History for irritability

1755, from irritable + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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irritability in Medicine

irritability ir·ri·ta·bil·i·ty (ĭr'ĭ-tə-bĭl'ĭ-tē)

  1. The capacity to respond to stimuli.

  2. Abnormal or excessive sensitivity to stimuli of an organism, organ, or body part.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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