counterirritant love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
  • adjective Of or producing the effect of such an agent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Producing artificial irritation designed to counteract a morbid condition.
  • noun In medicine, a substance or an appliance employed to produce an irritation in one part of the body, in order to counteract or remove a morbid condition existing in another part.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • See Counter irritant, etc., under counter, a.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pharmacology Any substance used to cause inflammation in one part of the body with the goal of lessening inflammation elsewhere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a medicine applied locally to produce superficial inflammation in order to reduce deeper inflammation


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

counter- +‎ irritant


  • Midcentury cocktail sage David A. Embury wrote in "The Fine A.t of Mixing Drinks" that the Prairie Oyster was "based on the theory of using a counterirritant."

    Hair of the Dog and Other 'Cures'

  • It has similar use as a counterirritant to that of the previously described cayenne plaster.


  • A good counterirritant is made by first spreading a thin layer of honey on a gauze or bandage upon which powdered cayenne pepper is generously sprinkled.


  • While the external application of warm herbal poultices, plasters, or fomentations is commonly used as a counterirritant to relieve underlying pain and congestion, others having a cooler, anti-inflammatory action are used for the treatment of more inflamed injuries and inflammations, and to promote the healing of burns, tissue, and broken bones.


  • This intelligence, which, at any other time, would have been received with rapturous enthusiasm, was listened to under the influence of a counterirritant already at work, with comparative calmness, and its only effect was to cause a postponement of the vote on the laborers 'bill upon the plea of the lateness of the hour, although not without strenuous opposition from the extreme right.

    Edmond Dantès

  • She had early learned to ignore his moods, to avoid sympathy which aggravates, and to meet his blues with a vigorous counterirritant of liveliness.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume I

  • The use of a counterirritant is not uncommon with good physicians, but the counter-irritant only does what is much more effectually accomplished when the patient uses his will and intelligence to remove the original irritant by ceasing to resist it.

    The Freedom of Life

  • She had early learned to ignore his moods, to avoid sympathy which aggravates, and to meet his blues with a vigorous counterirritant of liveliness.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise

  • It might be employed like the nettle (Urtica), as a counterirritant in epilepsies, and diseases requiring stimulating applications.

    Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs

  • Danger is often the best counterirritant in cases of mental suffering; he found a solace in careless exposure of his life, and learned to endure the trials of each day better by dwelling in imagination on the possibility that it might be the last for him and the home that was his.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works


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