irritation

[ir-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of irritating or the state of being irritated.
2.
something that irritates.
3.
Physiology, Pathology.
a.
the bringing of a bodily part or organ to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
b.
the condition itself.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin irrītātiōn- (stem of irrītātiō). See irritate, -ion

aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening.
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irritation (ˌɪrɪˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  something that irritates
2.  the act of irritating or the condition of being irritated
 
'irritative
 
adj

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irritation ir·ri·ta·tion (ĭr'ĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  1. Extreme incipient inflammatory reaction of the body tissues to an injury.

  2. The normal response of a nerve or muscle to a stimulus.

  3. The evocation of a reaction in the body tissues by the application of a stimulus.

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