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ir·ri·tant

 (ĭr′ĭ-tənt)
adj.
Causing irritation, especially physical irritation.
n.
A source of irritation: tobacco smoke, a common eye irritant.

[French, from Latin irrītāns, irrītant-, present participle of irrītāre, to irritate.]

irritant

(ˈɪrɪtənt)
adj
causing irritation; irritating
n
something irritant
ˈirritancy n

ir•ri•tant

(ˈɪr ɪ tnt)

adj.
1. tending to cause irritation; irritating.
n.
2. anything that irritates.
3. a biological, chemical, or physical agent that stimulates a characteristic function or elicits a response, esp. an inflammatory response.
[1630–40; < Latin]
ir′ri•tan•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irritant - something that causes irritation and annoyanceirritant - something that causes irritation and annoyance; "he's a thorn in my flesh"
pain in the ass, pain in the neck, bother, botheration, infliction, annoyance, pain - something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"

irritant

adjective irritation, nuisance, annoyance, pain (informal), drag (informal), tease, pest, provocation, gall, goad, aggravation (informal), pain in the neck (informal), pain in the arse (taboo informal), thorn in your flesh He said the issue was not a major irritant.

irritant

noun
Translations

irritant

[ˈɪrɪtənt] N (Med) → agente m irritante (fig) → molestia f

irritant

[ˈɪrɪtənt] n
(= annoyance) → source f d'irritation
He said the issue was not a major irritant → Il a déclaré que ce problème n'était pas une source d'irritation majeure.
irritant m

irritant

n (Med) → Reizerreger m; (= person)Nervensäge f (inf); (= noise etc)Ärgernis nt

irritant

[ˈɪrɪtnt] n (annoyance) → fastidio; (substance) → sostanza irritante

ir·ri·tant

n. irritante, agente que causa irritación.

irritant

n irritante m, agente m irritante
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The line-up for irritants lists such items as detergents and soaps, perfumes, dust, water and powders among the biggest culprits.
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BOY racers and drivers who do not acknowledge acts of courtesy on the road are the main irritants for motorists, a poll today revealed.
Examples of common skin irritants are strong acids, bases and solvents, including detergents and citrus-based cleansers, acetone (nail polish remover), drain cleaners and plants (poinsettias and peppers).
The first ever moisturising cream range, containing no known skin irritants, has been made available on prescription for sufferers of dry and sensitive skin.
The agents tested involved about half a dozen pharmacological classes, including common approved pharmaceuticals, nerve agents, nerve agent antidotes, psychoactive compounds and irritants such as tear gases.