Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, the production of an artificial inflammation or congestion in order to relieve a morbid condition existing in another part. See counter-irritant.
“He took no notice of her, but gave way to a violent storm of remorseful grief, a kind of mental process of counter-irritation, which relieved him.”
“Failing, however, on examination of the man's chest, to find any sign of counter-irritation of the skin, he was somewhat puzzled; but he soon learned from the mistress of the house, that having no _chest_ at hand, she had clapped the plaster on a large box in the corner of the sick-chamber.”
“To such loyal Americans as these volumes may reach they will give a heart not to be found in Dr. Russell's pictorial neutrality, in the dashing effects of popular Mr. Trollope, nor even -- making all allowance for the sanative influence of counter-irritation -- in the weekly malignity of that _ex_-Moral Minstrel whom the London "Times" has sent to the aid of our insurgent slave-masters.”
“If we had been born Hindoos, we should, at such times, exhibit our skittish tendencies, "shying" at the sun-eating monster with nervous apprehension, and should doubtless do our best, through horrid yells and tintinnabulations, towards getting up a tremendous counter-irritation upon the earth that should tell mightily on the nerves of this umbratilous tiger in the heavens.”
“The degree of counter-irritation can be very nicely determined by regulating the intensity of the current.”
“We must here seek to stimulate the vasomotor system, both central and peripheral; to give tone to the coats of vessels, both by direct and indirect electric influence; through counter-irritation to relieve internal congestions, by causing an afflux of blood to the skin.”
“Concentrated local counter-irritation can be obtained by the use of the surface board.”
“As a theory of this effect of the currents I would offer the following, viz: That the galvanic current acts by stimulating the vasomotor centres and peripheral nerves, by giving tone to the mucular coats of blood vessels, and by counter-irritation.”
“Vigorous counter-irritation, by means of hot bottles and sinapisms to the extremities, etc., proved useless.”
“I can't get made churchwarden, and try the effect of a little counter-irritation.”
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