noun Date: 1844 1. an agent applied locally to produce superficial inflammation with the object of reducing inflammation in deeper adjacent structures 2. an irritation or discomfort that diverts attention from anothercounterirritant adjective

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  • Counterirritant — Coun ter*ir ri*tant ( ?r r? tant), n., Counterirritation Coun ter*ir ri*ta tion, n. See {Counter irritant}, etc., under {Counter}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counterirritant — [kount΄ərir′ə tənt] n. anything used to produce a slight irritation, as of an area of the skin, in order to relieve more serious inflammation elsewhere …   English World dictionary

  • Counterirritant — A counterirritant is a substance which creates inflammation in one location with the goal of lessening the inflammation in another location.[1] They can be used as antipruritics. This strategy falls into the more general category of… …   Wikipedia

  • counterirritant — /kown teuhr ir i teuhnt/, n. 1. Med. an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures. 2. any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another. adj. 3. Med. of or acting …   Universalium

  • counterirritant — 1. An agent that causes irritation or a mild inflammation of the skin in order to relieve symptoms of a deep seated inflammatory process. 2. Relating to or producing counterirritation. Enhances blood flow to affected …   Medical dictionary

  • counterirritant — coun•ter•ir•ri•tant [[t]ˌkaʊn tərˈɪr ɪ tənt[/t]] n. 1) med an agent for producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper structures 2) med of or acting as a counterirritant • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • counterirritant — n. 1 Med. something used to produce surface irritation of the skin, thereby counteracting more painful symptoms. 2 anything resembling a counterirritant in its effects. Derivatives: counterirritation n …   Useful english dictionary

  • counterirritant — noun Any substance used to cause inflammation in one part of the body with the goal of lessening inflammation elsewhere …   Wiktionary

  • counterirritant — Synonyms and related words: adjuvant, antacid, antidote, buffer, carminative, counteractant, counteractive, counteragent, emmenagogue, expectorant, hormone, maturative, neutralizer, nullifier, offset, preventative, preventive, prophylactic,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • counterirritant — n. medication which creates irritation in one area to ease irritation in another area …   English contemporary dictionary

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