(Latin: to anger; to excite, to stimulate, to stir up, to provoke)
When Larry went home, he applied some abirritant lotion which helped to sooth the itching on his back.
After Dennis had finished his shower, he applied some more abirritant cream to the itchy places on his feet.
Using the ointment provided the most abirritant sensational effects for Joe's sore foot.
Rocking baby Lillie abirritates her distress and helps her to sleep better.2. To make less irritable; to soothe: The new ointment really abirritated the dryness of Jackie's hands very quickly.
Walking through the woods and listening to the birds abirritate and relax Jim so he can think more clearly.
Ken played soft music to abirritate his baby who was upset by the constant sound of the dog's barking.
2. A lack or loss of strength and energy; weakness: Being ill for several weeks brought about a general abirritation in Frank's sister that made her listless and sad.
2. An agent that induces local inflammation to relieve inflammation in underlying or adjacent tissues.
3. Relating to or producing counterirritation.
4. Any irritation or annoyance that draws attention away from another irritating situation.
2. An undue response to a stimulus: Darcy's hyperirritability came apparent when he accidentally saw his father who had mistreated him as a child.
2. Prone to being abnormally sensitive in body parts: Uncle Tom had irritable bowels and had twinges of pain during the night as well as during the day.
Although IBS can cause chronic recurrent discomfort, it does not lead to any serious organ problems.
Making the diagnosis usually involves excluding other illnesses. Treatment is directed toward relief of symptoms and includes changes in diet (eating high fiber and avoiding caffeine, milk products and sweeteners), exercise, relaxation techniques, and medications.
2. Make painful, aggravate, make sensitive, inflame, make sore, make swollen, rub against, chafe: "Woolen clothing will irritate the rash."
Ire comes from Latin ira-, "anger", which also gives us irate, and irascible.