1A substance that causes slight inflammation or other discomfort to the body.
- Some substances may not be irritants but if the skin becomes sensitised - or allergic - to them they may cause a reaction.
- Inflammation makes the airways sensitive to stimuli such as allergens, chemical irritants, tobacco smoke, cold air, or exercise.
- Moisture barriers, sometimes called skin protectants, shield the skin from exposure to irritants or moisture.
2A thing that is continually annoying or distracting: in 1966, Vietnam was becoming an irritant to the government
More example sentences
- Still, these are mostly minor irritants that can easily be dismissed as necessary game requirements.
- Another constant irritant for the judge was poor media reporting.
- What should be a service to the community is seen as a major irritant.
Causing slight inflammation or other discomfort to the body.
- Their long, skinny bodies were covered with irritant hairs.
- Ammonia is an irritant gas with a sharp odor, both as a natural and a manufactured chemical.
- The welding process produces a complex mixture of irritant gases, coarse metal particulates, and fine metal oxide fume.
- Example sentences
- I think other fish-farmers regarded me with curiosity and some irritancy.
- There was also a consistent exposure-time interaction for all three symptoms, suggesting a diminution in the potency of formaldehyde's irritancy during the weeks of the semester.
- This is another test that measures irritancy by using pumpkin rind to simulate the effect of a test substance on human skin.
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