counterirritant

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coun·ter·ir·ri·tant

 (koun′tər-îr′ĭ-tənt)
n.
An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
adj.
Of or producing the effect of such an agent.

coun′ter·ir′ri·ta′tion (-tā′shən) n.

counterirritant

(ˌkaʊntərˈɪrɪtənt)
n
(Pharmacology) an agent that causes a superficial irritation of the skin and thereby relieves inflammation of deep structures
adj
(Pharmacology) producing a counterirritation
ˌcounterˌirriˈtation n

coun•ter•ir•ri•tant

(ˌkaʊn tərˈɪr ɪ tənt)

n.
1. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures.
adj.
2. of or acting as a counterirritant.
[1850–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterirritant - a medicine applied locally to produce superficial inflammation in order to reduce deeper inflammation
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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Rubefacients (heat rubs such as oil of wintergreen) are a class of therapeutic topical treatments known as counterirritants.
The counterirritants create a warm or cool feeling to distract from the pain and they can be used on an as-needed basis, while capsaicin must be used regularly.
Actions and mechanisms of counterirritants on the muscular circulation.