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irritability

[ir-i-tuh-bil-i-tee] /ˌɪr ɪ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural irritabilities.
1.
the quality or state of being irritable.
2.
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
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin irrītābilitās. See irritable, -ity
Related forms
nonirritability, noun
superirritability, noun
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n.

1755, from irritable + -ity.

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irritability in Medicine

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

  1. The capacity to respond to stimuli.

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

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