Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Involving irritation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to excite or irritate.
  • adj. Accompanied with, or produced by, increased action or irritation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to excite or irritate; irritating.
  • adj. Accompanied with, or produced by, increased action or irritation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving to excite or irritate.
  • Accompanied with or produced by irritation.

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

  • adj. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite

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Examples

  • This kind of connection we shall term irritative association, to distinguish it from sensitive and voluntary associations.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Those trains or tribes of associate motions, whose introductory link consists of an irritative motion, are termed irritative associations; as when the muscles of the eyelids close the eye in common nictitation.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • In the first class of diseases two kinds of fevers were described, one from excess, and the other from defect of irritation; and were in consequence termed irritative, and inirritative fevers.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • And by frequent repetitions of exhaustion by great stimulus, these vessels cease to acquire their whole natural quantity of sensorial power; as in the schirrous stomach, and schirrous liver, occasioned by the great and frequent stimulus of vinous spirit; which may properly be termed irritative paralysis of those parts of the system.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • XXXII. and termed irritative fever, it frequently happens that pain is excited by the violence of the fibrous contractions; and other new motions are then superadded, in consequence of sensation, which we shall term febris sensitiva, or sensitive fever.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Hence the stomach continues torpid in respect to its motions, but accumulates its power of association; which is not excited into action by the defective motions of the spleen; this accumulation of the sensorial power of association now by its superabundance actuates the next link of associate motions, which consists of the heart and arteries, into greater energy of action than natural, and thus causes fever with strong pulse; which, as it was supposed to be most frequently excited by increase of irritation, is called irritative fever or synocha.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • While the polypus, who is their companion in their former state of life, not being allowed to change his form and element, can only propagate like vegetable buds by the same kind of irritative motions, which produces the growth of his own body, without the seminal or amatorial propagation, which requires sensation; and which in gnats and tadpoles seems to require a change both of food and of respiration.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • The single biggest mistake that the Soviets made, according to Ambassador Kabulov, was letting the Soviet military footprint become too large: "The more foreign troops you have roaming the country, the more the irritative allergy toward them is going to be provoked."

    Tom Andrews: White House Ducks Afghanistan Exit

  • The GAO report pdf identifies the main adverse health concerns from clothing treated with formaldehyde as a variety of irritative, allergenic and sensitization reactions on skin -- some of which can engage the immune system.

    Bill Chameides: The Wrinkle in No-Iron Shirts

  • This acid, depending on concentration and duration of exposure, may produce a variety of topically irritative injuries.

    Think Progress » ÔÇťAmericans will speak of the battles like Fallujah

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