Definition of irritable in English:
1Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed: she was tired and irritable
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- She seemed irritable, and annoyed with my every move.
- The wait would grate so terribly on my nerves that I could easily be irritable for days afterwards, but that particular drive was different.
- Will asked, starting to get annoyed, the pain in his head making him more irritable.
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Australian/New Zealand informal snaky
2 Medicine (Of a body part) abnormally sensitive.
- I still have irritable bowels though and sometimes the pain keeps me up at night.
- Because their skin is inherently irritable, patients with atopic diseases may not tolerate topical retinoids, even if they apply a moisturiser.
- The drugs that treat asthma either relax the bronchial spasm, or reduce the inflammation that makes the bronchial tubes swollen and irritable to minor irritants.
2.1(Of a condition) caused an abnormally sensitive body part: the seeds have been reputed to help conditions such as irritable bladder
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- General primary care nurses were trained to deliver cognitive behaviour therapy to patients with irritable bowel syndrome
- But acupuncture works well for certain kinds of conditions and irritable bladder syndrome is one of them.
- It has been shown to sooth irritable coughs and other respiratory problems.
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- For the next month male deer will be irritably scratching and shaking their heads until their majestic antlers fall off.
- He looked down irritably at the mess, then defiantly at me, and walked on, passing a litter bin without so much as a glance.
- There are no insufferable people socializing irritably around their outdoor dining tables.
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