- 1A substance that causes slight inflammation or other discomfort to the body: a powerful skin irritantMore example sentences
- 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 governmentMore example sentences
annoyance, irritation, source of irritation, source of vexation, source of annoyance, thorn in someone's side/flesh, pinprick, pest, bother, trial, torment, plague, inconvenience, nuisance, menaceNorth American • informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr in/under someone's saddleAustralian/New Zealand • informal narkBritish • vulgar slang pain in the arse
- 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.
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- Causing slight inflammation or other discomfort to the body: chlorine bleaches can be irritant to the skinMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.